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Youtuber-Turned-Boxer Jake Paul Referred to as ‘Standout Inspiration’ by USA Boxing

When Jake Paul made his professional boxing debut, it was largely seen as a publicity stunt. Then, the Youtuber-turned-boxer started winning. Three years after he knocked out former NBA guard Nate Robinson, Paul has more serious-minded ambitions and positive reviews. On Tuesday, Paul announced a partnership with USA Boxing and earned high praise from the

Youtuber-Turned-Boxer Jake Paul Referred to as ‘Standout Inspiration’ by USA Boxing

When Jake Paul made his skilled boxing debut, it was largely seen as a publicity stunt. Then, the Youtuber-turned-boxer began successful.

Three years after he knocked out former NBA guard Nate Robinson, Paul has extra serious-minded ambitions and constructive evaluations. On Tuesday, Paul introduced a partnership with USA Boxing and earned excessive reward from the game’s nationwide governing physique.

“Jake Paul has develop into a standout inspiration to youthful generations and has emerged as one of the vital thrilling, influential figures in boxing historical past,” govt director of USA Boxing Mike McAtee mentioned in an announcement.

Paul will journey to USA Boxing’s Colorado coaching facility and doc the progress of Olympic fighters, advising them on how they will construct their private manufacturers whereas concurrently trying to “create a wave of pleasure for boxing at this yr’s Olympics,” the assertion mentioned.

How did Paul attain this level?

Jake Paul
Jake Paul strolling out to the ring at Caribe Royale Orlando on December 15, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. Paul was praised profusely by USA Boxing in a current assertion.

Photograph by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Photos for CELSIUS

After impressing in fights in opposition to lesser competitors, Paul defeated numerous former UFC fighters earlier than transitioning to conventional boxers earlier this yr. Paul misplaced narrowly to Tommy Fury in February earlier than defeating Nate Diaz in April.

Final weekend, the 26-year-old defeated Andre August in a first-round knockout. August was thought of Paul’s most skilled opponent up to now, and Paul informed ESPN in November that he needed to forge a extra conventional path in boxing “with much less hype, much less shenanigans, just about no s*** speak.”

“I am simply getting in there to be a younger boxing prospect who has aspirations to be a world champion,” Paul mentioned.

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The redirect of Paul’s model from a YouTube star (his channel has 20.5 million subscribers) into knowledgeable boxer has raised a number of eyebrows—however that must be acquainted territory for Paul at this level. He was recognized for his huge home events and video content material that often landed him in authorized hassle.

Now, Paul says his purpose in boxing has “at all times” been to brighten the game’s highlight, and he’s excited to assist American boxers achieve reputation.

“The mindset of pursuing greatness is one I each see and personally share with Mo McCane, Joshua Edwards, and the remainder of Staff USA’s boxing expertise,” Paul mentioned in an announcement. “The Olympics are the best stage on this planet, and I am honored to assist deliver consciousness to USA Boxing and mentor these younger, inspiring athletes as they battle for gold.”

It is unclear whether or not Paul can deliver his lofty of changing into a world champion to fruition. Regardless of Paul’s plain successes up to now, ESPN boxing insider Mike Coppinger wrote that there “aren’t many within the boxing business who imagine Paul (8-1, 5 KOs) can problem for a title, a lot much less win one.”

Nonetheless, Paul’s standing as “one of the vital thrilling, influential figures in boxing historical past” cannot be ignored. Whether or not or not he turns into a champion, Paul is now being requested to assist a sport with declining reputation reclaim a few of its former luster.

A sport that has historically welcomed some showmanship has a chance to construct its model with an influencer who has demonstrated success. For a boxer trying to reinvent himself, in the meantime, an Olympic governing physique is a formidable co-sign.

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