Jake Paul and Logan Paul, two brothers from Ohio have shocked the world by selling some of the biggest boxing events in history with just shy of three years of boxing experience between them.
At first, it was seen as a novelty, but as the two continue on, doubt gets cast over whether this just a flash in the pan, or whether these two controversial brothers have changed boxing, forever.
Logan Paul is fighting the best pound for pound boxer in history, Floyd Mayweather this year, in an exhibition match, and Jake Paul is now fighting UFC veteran Ben Askren, in a fight, many people believe will be a walkover, including Askren himself saying:
“I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter,” Askren said. “I think on April 17 he is going to have a rude awakening to what being a fighter is really like. Jake has led a privileged life and doesn’t really know what the meaning of being a fighter is. I’m going to put his dreams to an end.”
Harsh words from Askren, but we have to beg the question? Does Jake have anything to lose in this fight?
|Jake Paul/Ben Askren|
|Wins by KO||2/6|
A millionaire by 23, Jake Paul can only walk out of this fight a winner, if he loses, they’ll say he bit off more than he could chew, if he wins, he could be building some serious momentum into fighting some of the biggest stars in the world, including a fight with Connor Mcgregor, a fight that Jake Paul has made no secret, he wants more than anything.
He has already defeated fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, real name Ali Loui Al-Fakhri, via first-round TKO. He followed that up with a second-round knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in November.
Since then, Paul, who is also an actor and rapper, has had a slew of pro fighters and athletes call him out. He ultimately chose to fight Askren next.
“I started boxing two years ago and I’m still going to knock his ass out faster than [Jorge] Masvidal. These MMA guys think because they throw punches they know how to box. The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter. So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter.’” said Jake in an interview with ESPN.
Jake Paul is making it abundantly clear that he views himself as a real fighter, he is willing to take risks by targeting professionals and he, along with his brother Logan, are proving that there is nothing that you can’t do in this world with a big enough following.
Only time will tell if the Youtuber boxing train will come to a grinding halt, but maybe, just maybe, it has changed boxing forever.
Many people will argue that all these exhibition/YouTuber bouts will do nothing for the reputation of the sport, but in the words of famed UFC fighter, Connor Mcgregor:
“If it makes money, it makes sense”