“I Was Like Bleeding Out of My Face”- Jake Paul Recalls His Terrible First Sparring Session

Published 08/13/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Jake Paul is yet to make it big amongst the traditional fight fans, who don’t consider him a top-tier name in boxing. However, Paul’s 3-0 run as a knockout artist has already turned heads. While he was enjoying sheer stardom as an Internet celebrity, no one had expected him to lace up the boxing gloves.

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However, the current situation cites Jake Paul as one of the biggest names in the sport. Paul, 24, will now face former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in his fourth appearance in a pro-boxing bout. But do you know about his initial struggles as a pugilist?

Prior to facing Woodley on August 29, ‘The Problem Child’ connected with The Pat McAfee Show and revealed how he had sparred under difficult situations.

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Jake Paul said, “The first couple of sparring sessions. I was in there against like a undefeated pro named Nico for the first couple of sessions and he wasn’t really holding back. That’s how we learned, like we learned the hard way.”

“I remember my first couple of sessions I was like bleeding out of my face and I was like, what is this sport? Why are we doing this? And I was not able to go two rounds at the time. So, it was a very hard start.”

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Jake Paul hasn’t faced a single professional boxer in his 3-0 career. After a successful debut against a fellow YouTuber in 2019, Paul outclassed former NBA player Nate Robinson in 2020. He followed it with a win over Ben Askren in April 2021.

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Can Jake Paul continue his unprecedented run in boxing?

As of now, Jake Paul looks favorable to remain unbeaten unless Tyron Woodley pulls off a stunner. After departing from the UFC with a four-fight losing streak, Woodley (39), who has clearly passed his prime, might not offer a similar threat to ‘The Problem Child’ as he did to his opponents in his UFC career.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

A win over the MMA elite will be highly beneficial for Jake Paul’s combat ride. None of his former opponents have been elite-level strikers and Woodley will bring in that feature. Considering this, victory can be Paul’s ticket to even bigger names for his fifth fight.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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