TAMPA – Jake Paul has spent the past two years working non-stop to raise the profile of everyone around him in addition to further promoting his own brand.
The content creator-turned-boxing cruiserweight will now attempt something he hasn’t done virtually his entire adult life—going off the grid.
“I need to take a break,” Paul told BoxingScene.com and other reporters following his sensational sixth-round knockout of Tyron Woodley in their Showtime Pay-Per-View rematch this past Saturday. “I’ve been going at this non-stop for a year and a half and I’m exhausted. I need to spend time with my family on Christmas. I need to go on a vacation. I haven’t been on vacation since I was 18 years.”
Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) threatened to take a break following his previous fight, a split decision win over Woodley in their first meeting this past August 29 in his Showtime Pay-Per-View debut from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in his childhood home region of Cleveland, Ohio. The fight was the third high-profile boxing event for Paul in just nine months, though the desire to briefly step away was thwarted when the opportunity arose to top a December 18 PPV event.
Saturday’s event from AMALIE Arena in Tampa was supposed to come against England’s Tommy Fury (7-0, 4KOs), who withdrew on two weeks’ notice due to illness and injury. Paul had the chance to call off the event and just hit the ground running in 2022. Instead, the 24-year-old entertainment superstar sought a new opponent for the sake of allowing all of the undercard fighters to keep their plans in place and not lose out on their respective paydays.
It led to Woodley answering the call, and Paul ultimately providing another viral moment in his life with a Knockout of the Year candidate. If Paul has his way—and he always does—it will be the last punch he throws for the next several months, as he aims to enjoy some well-deserved time away from boxing and his other adventures.
“I told myself I would go on vacation when I’ve earned it and I feel like I’ve earned it,” noted Paul. “I’m going on vacation where there’s no obligations. I’ve gone on vacations where I’ve had to film it, vlog it, do interviews, wake up at a certain time and still work out. I’m going on a real vacation, I’m doing backflips into the water.”
Paul told BoxingScene.com that he would prefer to not fight again until next July, though will remain active on the promotional front through his Most Valuable Promotions outfit.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox