When will Jake Paul fight again?
While some give Paul credit for bringing more eyes on the sport and producing some high pay-per-view draws, others see him as a black eye, taking away attention from true boxers and important title fights in favor of his entertainment-focused bouts.
Paul competed in an amateur boxing match in August 2018, as part of the undercard of the first KSI vs. Logan Paul fight. The younger Paul brother defeated KSI’s brother, Deji Olatunji, via fifth-round TKO.
Paul then turned his attention to professional boxing bouts, making his pro boxing debut in January 2020, scoring a first-round TKO of fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib.
He next competed as the co-feature to Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. in November 2020, scoring a second-round knockout of Nate Robinson.
Paul then began a pattern of taking on former MMA champions, scoring victories over Ben Askren (via KO), Tyron Woodley (via split decision in one fight and via KO in the next) and Anderson Silva (via unanimous decision).
While Paul’s fight with Askren and first fight with Woodley saw at least 500,000 pay-per-view buys each, many remained critical of Paul for not facing true boxers, instead taking fights with MMA fighters who were aged and/or grappling-focused.
Paul finally faced his true boxing opposition when he took on Tommy Fury, the younger half-brother of Tyson Fury, on February 26, 2023. Though Paul scored a knockdown in the eighth and final round, he ultimately lost the fight via split decision, suffering the first loss of his professional combat sports career.
Jake Paul signed an MMA contract with PFL
Where Paul goes next from here is currently unknown. He has a rematch clause with Fury, so it’s possible the two meet again before the end of 2023. There is also the chance Paul’s next fight could be a battle with KSI or with Nate Diaz — both of whom have called Paul out previously.
Paul is also training for an MMA debut, having signed with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) at the start of 2023. His debut has not yet been announced but it could be by the end of this year if he doesn't take the rematch clause with Fury.