Jake Paul’s Boxing Nickname: Why is He Called ‘The Problem Child?’

Published 04/15/2021, 12:00 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, the YouTube sensation turned pro-boxer, might not be a likable character to the hardcore fight fans. However, there’s no denying that Paul understands how to garner attention and has successfully done so in his fighting career by now.

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Despite grabbing negative responses, he has bagged a lucrative fight against former UFC star Ben Askren on April 17, chalking up a path to turn himself 3-0 as a professional. With minimal combat accolades under his belt, Paul has already sparked a rivalry with umpteen elite world champion fighters.

From boxing’s P4p king Canelo Alvarez to UFC’s biggest star Conor McGregor, Paul hasn’t shied away from anyone. While he remains the hated trash-talker in the sport, it rightfully validates his nickname of ‘The Problem Child’.

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Jake Paul’s nickname might be an appropriate one, as he prefers to turn heel to his adversaries. Akin to his brother Logan Paul, Jake Paul has also touted his nickname in both his professional fights by now. So, it brought fans diving to know why exactly the YouTuber went ahead with the tag.

Jake Paul to ‘The Problem Child’

Paul has appeared to be an outspoken personality, speaking out his mind in public interviews and media interactions. Although there doesn’t seem to be an official reason behind picking up the nickname of ‘The Problem Child’, Paul’s love for villainous characters can be a reason behind that.

Speaking with Inked, Paul said, “I think a lot of people shamelessly love the villain and I think even more people quietly love the villain and don’t say that they love the villain.”

He added, “But they’re secretly rooting for the villain. It’s why I have such a strong fan base. I think it’s 50/50; there are 50 percent of people out there who are rooting for me, and on the other hand, there are people who fu*** hate me and they want to see me die in the ring. I love that cause guess what? You still bought the pay-per-view, so thank you.”

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old is still young but is already a millionaire. His YouTube videos deserve most of the credit. But Paul’s inception into the boxing world has created problems for many. If not in-ring, Paul’s off-canvas drama and comments have angered several elite fighters.

He continues to put the same mindset ahead of a huge clash against former MMA world champion Ben Askren. So, his nickname of ‘The Problem Child’ can be the appropriate tag.

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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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