YouTube star Jake Paul loves to stir the pot. His poise, confidence, and bravado make it seem like he actually believes what he says. While many internet personalities have failed in the ring, Paul believes he can make the transition from social media to become one of the best boxers in the world.
Paul revealed his career “hit list.” He is known for calling people out, but the names on the list were surprising, to say the least.
The list includes a mix of social media influencers and professional fighters, including pay-per-view boxing star Gervonta Davis. Considering how dangerous Davis can be in the ring, Paul may be writing a check that he simply cannot cash.
Gervonta Davis has won 96 percent of his fights by KO
Gervonta Davis is the reigning WBA junior welterweight, WBA lightweight, and WBA junior lightweight titleholder. The fighter whose nickname is “Tank” currently boasts an impressive 25-0 record, with 24 of those victories coming by way of knockout. He didn’t take too kindly to Paul calling him out, issuing a warning to the YouTube star.
Jake Paul stands at 6-foot-1, which would give him a significant size and reach advantage over the 5-foot-5 Davis. It’s clear that Paul either underestimates Davis’ punching power or is overly confident in his own abilities as a boxer.
While running through his list of potential opponents on YouTube, Paul referred to Davis as “Floyd’s son.” Davis is Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s protege and is the biggest draw in the Mayweather Promotions camp. He has drawn comparisons to his mentor due to his raw talent, as well as his brash and flashy showmanship.
Jake Paul called out several other big-name fighters
Davis wasn’t the only notable fighter Paul named on his hit list. He also called out current Unified super middleweight boxing world champion Canelo Alvarez, as well as MMA fighters Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, and Kamaru Usman. None of these fighters are small-time names, but instead quite the contrary. Each is a household name in his respective sport.
The 24-year-old Paul currently has an unblemished 3-0 boxing record with three knockout victories over YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA player Nate Robinson, and ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren. The performances were shockingly convincing, but he is turning things up a few notches by even mentioning names like Alvarez and Usman.
Paul even included his brother, Logan Paul, on the list of fighters he wants to knock off. Logan has not enjoyed the same level of success as his brother. He previously drew with fellow influencer KSI in 2018 and more recently lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an underwhelming pay-per-view bout.
Jake Paul fights Tyron Woodley on August 29
Paul’s fourth professional fight is highly anticipated as he is scheduled to fight former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Nicknamed “The Chosen One,” Woodley is 19-7-1 over the course of his mixed martial arts career.
Paul’s entertaining personality has certainly helped to promote this fight. Whether or not you are a fan, he knows how to sell a fight. However, Woodley is undoubtedly Paul’s biggest fight in his young boxing career. At some point, he has to meet his match, and Woodley may be just that.
For Paul, Woodley is just another checkmark on his hit list. If he can shock the world and defeat a respected UFC fighter, his words may hold a little bit more weight. Until then, he is Jake Paul, the YouTube sensation who likes to make headlines and put on a show for the crowd.
On Aug. 29, rubber will meet the road, and Jake Paul will either earn respect or eat his words. Either way, it is guaranteed to be entertaining.