“It Was Just Going to Be a Dead End for Me” – Jake Paul Thanks Boxing for Saving His Career

Published 08/15/2021, 9:07 AM EDT
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)


Jake Paul’s initial rise to stardom didn’t predict that he would be a boxer. Hence, his arrival in the squared circle was surprising. Although Paul was a wrestler in high school, a successful Internet career gave him fame and money to overlook the prospect of professionally fighting for money.

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However, Paul laced up the gloves in 2019 and began boxing, which saw him earn a record of 3-0 in less than three years. A lot of traditional fans demeaned the move and explained that ‘The Problem Child’ doesn’t need to box around with elites. However, Paul has detailed how he revived his lifestyle through this sport.

In a Showtime video, Paul said, “I was young, wild, reckless, famous kid with money, it was just going to be a dead end for me. And boxing was the thing that pulled me out, gave me purpose, gave me routine. And made me become the best version of myself. It sounds like the cliché boxing movie, but that’s really how it is.”

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After successfully beating his first three opponents, the nearing fight will be the toughest test of his career so far. Jake Paul will compete against 5X UFC champion Tyron Woodley on August 29 in an intriguing headliner. The fight will happen at the Rocket Mortgage Field House in Ohio, Cleveland, and will be available live on Showtime PPV.

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While Paul will look to claim his 4 win as a pro, the upcoming clash can offer some uncanny troubles. Here’s a better look at Woodley vs Paul to understand the features.

Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley- The big fight

Jake Paul’s previous opponents weren’t known for their punching abilities. Although Ben Askren was a former MMA champion, he was primarily a wrestler. Hence, Tyron Woodley, who is a renowned striker, will bring a new challenge.

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Despite his 4 straight losses in the UFC, ‘T-Wood’ can still trouble his opponents. Meanwhile, he has faced veterans all his life and Paul isn’t really the biggest name in his resume.

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Given that, we can expect the MMA star to hold his own on August 29. However, with no boxing record on board, Woodley will also come across some legitimate dangers which can favor ‘The Problem Child’ to win.

Who do you think will have the last laugh? Jake Paul or Tyron Woodley?

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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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