Mike Tyson’s Ex-Trainer Rebukes Sports Illustrated for Crowning Jake Paul Boxer of the Year 2021

Published 01/13/2022, 5:18 AM EST
Dec 18, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Tyron Woodley at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


2021 was a decorated year for the YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul, who secured three wins and raised his stake in the fight world. ‘The Problem Child’ had such a massive impact in 2021 that Sports Illustrated named him as Boxer of the Year. However, Mike Tyson’s former trainer, Teddy Atlas, didn’t quite like it.

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Atlas, who was in a conversation with Ken Rideout on his own podcast, revealed his take on Jake Paul winning Boxer of the Year. Rideout said, “Sports Illustrated Boxer of the Year Teddy, he is, he is. He (Jake Paul) won that, yes, 100 percent. Sports Illustrated Boxer of the Year.” 

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“Well, as far as Illustrated, is a little different than it used to be. I remember when Ali was on the cover, and Tyson was on the cover, and now you got Jake Paul on the cover. Who knew, who knew?” responded Atlas.

Jake Paul’s first opponent in 2021 was former UFC welterweight, Ben Askren. Putting him to sleep in round 1, Paul boxed Tyron Woodley in August 2021.

After a blistering exchange of punches, Paul upset ‘The Chosen One’ with an SD win. Finally, he met Woodley in a rematch in December and retained his undefeated stint with an overhand right on Woodley in round 6.

Jake Paul made the most out of all his fights in 2021

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Jake Paul was on top of his game for the entire 2021. However, one thing many wished to see was him taking on a pro-boxer.

Dec 18, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Tyron Woodley at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

‘The Problem Child’ was even lined up to face Tommy Fury first. However, the Briton withdrew from the fight as he suffered a broken rib and chest infection.

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All of his 2021 wins were special, but, in order to get some sound attention, Paul will have to beat pro-boxers in his next fights. That being said, it’ll be interesting to see how he fares this year.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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