What you’re about to read is something I wrote for Frontproof Media. Joseph Correa, the outlet’s founder had asked me to write it since he did me a favor of coming on Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour to talk some boxing. We briefly mentioned Paul and he wanted to hear more, so he asked me to write what’s below and I thought it would make for a good read for folks that follow my work here on Medium, I hope you enjoy it.
Check out the podcast episode here:
Jake Paul Fighting Real Fighters
Jake Paul faces Nate Diaz this weekend in Austin, Texas. The rules, Queensbury, likely favor Paul since he has seniority under that ruleset.
That is not to take away from Diaz. The definition of fighting in combat sports has evolved. Fights, real fighting has no rules, and the closest either man has come to fighting in no-rules matches is Diaz. Mixed martial arts and the unified rules he competed under are the closest thing to an all-out fight. He deserves all the respect he has because he earned it fighting that way.
But Paul deserves some respect too. Oddly enough, for someone that found his fame on the internet, that is where his biggest critics come from.
His episode of “Untold” will air on Netflix this week, and that is by design to garner attention for the upcoming bout. He is a naturally gifted marketer, and whatever it is that makes him tick to generate views, he has translated into his love for boxing.
When his boxing career began, it seemed silly.
YouTubers’ boxing was the equivalent of celebrity boxing from the 80s and 90s. Even a hobbyist that does it for fitness is not going to be able to hang at the level of Ali, Mayweather, and, more recently, Terence Crawford. But you never know until you try, and that is what Paul has been doing since 2018 when he did his first amateur bout.
He kept going.