Boxing purists may not like it, but Jake Paul is very much "The Problem Child" on the pugilistic scene. With 20.3 million subscribers on YouTube and 18.5 mllion combined on Instagram and Twitter, Paul generates massive interest any time he fights.
To the 24-year-old YouTuber's credit, he has backed up his bravado in the ring thus far, having produced two knockouts and six knockdowns over three rounds in two pro fights. One of them included his ethereal, Twitter-trending takeover of a KO of Nate Robinson, as he slept the former NBA star into a merciless meme for the ages back in November.
With Paul set to face retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and live on pay-per-view, on April 17, DAZN News revisits his two boxing matches and unpacks the memorable results and highlights that came with them.
Jake Paul destroys AnEsonGib in pro boxing debut
Paul and fellow YouTuber, AnEsonGib, fought in chief support to the Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler headliner at The Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, and live on DAZN, in January 2020. However, they might as well have been slotted in as the main event, as they cultivated more intrigue than the headliner itself.
The shorter Gib came out charging Paul with a very unorthodox style, crouching and trying to advance forward to land punches. Paul, who was trained by "Sugar" Shane Mosley in isolated Big Bear, California, remained composed.
Paul quickly computed the weirdness Gib was presenting him with and countered it with a right hand to the temple for a flash knockdown just one minute and seven seconds into the fight. About 25 seconds later, Paul would score his second knockdown of the fight — this time with a left hook to the head that sent Gib bouncing off the ropes. With Gib on unsteady legs, Paul sensed the end was near and methodically capped his pro debut with a bang.
After calmly backing Gib up with the jab, Paul wobbled his fellow YouTuber with a big right hook before dropping him for the third and final time with another right hand, as the ref stepped in and ended the bout. So much for a fight set for six rounds.
Result: Jake Paul def. AnEsonGib by first-round TKO.
Paul sleeps Nate Robinson in instant epic meme for the ages
Somehow Paul managed to steal the November 28, 2020 night from headliners and boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.. How? With a vicious overhand right that instantly slept Robinson, as the retired NBA three-time Slam Dunk Contest champion fell face first, his body violently bouncing off the canvas like a basketball.
Snoop Dogg said it best: "OH LORD!!!!" The viral KO for the ages instantly spiraled Robinson into Internet infamy, while boosting Paul's ego and boxing profile all in one swoop, setting the stage for what could be the YouTuber's biggest boxing hit yet against Askren.
Result: Paul def. Robinson by second-round KO.