It’s clear that Jake Paul will never be without his critics, whether in boxing or any of his other business ventures.
The 24-year-old entertainment superstar does his best to tune out such noise while focusing on his own goals. That mindset allowed him to overcome physical adversity to deliver his best boxing moment to date, a highlight reel sixth-round knockout of Tyron Woodley in their rematch last Saturday from AMALIE Arena in Tampa. The fight headlined a Showtime Pay-Per-View event.
Upon registering a Knockout of the Year candidate, Paul delivered one final blow to the naysayers.
“Suck my nuts,” Paul exclaimed in the presence of BoxingScene.com and other reporters. “What else can they say about me? What more can they want from me?”
Paul (5-0, 4KOs) has been met with resistance by boxing traditionalists well before his pro debut last January. He already knew what to expect after watching the backlash that came with older brother Logan Paul, whose lone pro bout—a disputed split decision loss to fellow YouTube sensation KSI in November 2019 —was submerged with criticism. It was also flooded with eyeballs, ranking among DAZN’s most watched main events to date.
The same experience has come with the younger Paul—plenty of hate, though with also more than enough viewers to establish him as among the sport’s leading attractions. That level of notoriety translated into a multi-fight deal with Showtime and its PPV arm, producing two well-publicized events to date and with plenty more to come.
“I’m not doing this to prove people wrong. I’m doing this to prove myself right,” vowed Paul. “That remains true. If you have a dream and want to be successful—If you’re doing things out of the ordinary, there will be critics who will hate on you and want to see you fail. Don’t pay them any attention. They’re only making you more popular.
“Thank you, critics. You guys motivate me and I shut y’all the f--- up.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox