Jake Paul Draws Comparison With Deontay Wilder

Published 11/07/2021, 11:50 AM EST


Jake Paul kicked off 2021 with an absolute blast; he scored an iconic round 1 knockout of retired mixed martial artist and wrestling specialist Ben Askren. With that solid finish, all of a sudden, he found himself under the spotlight.

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In the coming few months, he would then step up to a considerably tougher challenge against former five-time UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.

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‘The Chosen One’ was definitely the first real tough test of his professional boxing career. Even though he won by split decision, the world saw him struggle; he couldn’t wrap up the show with an early KO and struggled as Woodley dragged him into deep waters.

Now, Jake Paul is all set to fight Tyson Fury’s brother and undefeated pro-boxer, Tommy Fury, on December 18. At a recent press conference featuring Paul and Fury’s coach, Sugar Hill, Paul explained what boxing has done for him. He even compared himself to former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder.

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

Man, I was a young kid in Los Angeles, just getting caught up in the wrong things, surrounded by the wrong group of people and boxing gave me the chance to take my life back and to follow a routine to work on something and have a purpose and it gave me something to fight for. I wasn’t meant for LA although I thought I was.

Boxing is my true home, and it took me until I was 21 years old to find that. Some of the greatest fighters don’t find out that they’re fighters until they’re a little bit older, Deontay Wilder, the list goes on,” said Jake Paul.

What does Deontay Wilder think of Jake Paul?

Right before stepping into the iconic trilogy with his long-time rival Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder shared his thoughts on ‘The Paul Effect’. Most traditional boxers and fighters are not in favor of Jake Paul coming in and grabbing the spotlight; however, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has a slightly different outlook on not just Jake Paul but celebrity boxing in general.

Wilder highlighted that he has a different opinion about this; he feels he has already established himself as a world-class fighter and has beared the fruits of his labor. However, he likes to look at this celebrity boxing movement as a big plus for all those fighters looking to get their feet into the sand.

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Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Deontay Wilder is given the count REUTERS/Steve Marcus

For me, it’s different. I’m viewing it differently because my position is different. Like I said, I’m established; my position is different. So I’m all about persons making their money.

“Like I said, if someone wants to pay their hard-earned money to see entertainment then you can’t stop people from doing that. To be optimistic about it… it brings a little bit of enlightenment to boxing,” said Deontay Wilder.

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Do you agree with Deontay Wilder’s outlook on what Jake Paul is working towards?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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