Jake Paul has announced his return to in-ring action via social media last week. The “Problem Child” will be competing in his sixth professional boxing fight and his first fight of the year.
In his announcement video, Jake Paul highlights some pad work and follows with his message about his return to boxing. Although an opponent nor an official date has been announced, it is undeniable that Paul will continue to bring eyes to himself as well as the sport of boxing. Jake Paul competed three times last year as one-half of the Paul brothers, picking up victories over former MMA stars Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley. In December of last year, the 25-year-old social media influencer turned boxer was to face Tommy Fury, but Fury had to pull out of the fight due to injury.
In his most recent endeavour, Paul has created his own boxing promotion, Most Valuable Promotions, and signed the WBO, WBC, and IBO women’s featherweight champion, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano. Serrano is to face Katie Taylor on April 30th in a bout to be held at Madison Square Garden.
Despite his announcement of his return to boxing, Jake Paul continues to poke his nose into the world of mixed martial arts. Whether it be internet banter with Dillon Danis or poking fun at Dana White, Paul continues to tease a jump to MMA. In January, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Eagle FC claimed to have offered Paul a contract to compete in the rising MMA promotion, but Paul and his team have denied such claims.
Paul’s boxing career began in August 2018 when he defeated British YouTuber Deji Olatunji in an amateur contest via TKO in the fifth round. Turning professional, Paul beat the YouTuber AnEsonGib in January 2020 via TKO in the first round. Between 2020 and 2021, Paul won his next fights against retired basketballer Nate Robinson by second-round KO, retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren by 1st round TKO, and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley twice by SD and 6th round KO.
In 2021, Paul founded an organization named ‘Boxing Bullies’ to help the youth combat bullying.
Paul started venture capital branded as the ‘Anti Fund’ in 2021 with serial entrepreneur Geoffrey Woo. It enables investors and fans to raise money through a quarterly subscription by using Angel List’s Rolling Funds platform. Later, Anti Fund led the investment in sports gambling firm Simplebet Inc. raising $30 million in a financing round in August 2021.
Paul founded ‘Most Valuable Promotions’ (MVP) with his adviser, Nakisa Bidarian, in 2021 and signed Amanda Serrano to a promotional deal in September 2021.