Like it or not, Jake Paul might just be the biggest thing in the boxing world right now.
Paul’s popularity is unquestionable.
But his boxing ability, however, is plenty questionable.
The YouTuber turned influencer turned boxer began his boxing “career” with six straight victories, including four stoppages. But he wasn’t exactly fighting the best competition.
His first victory came against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. Paul then fought for NBA Dunk Contest champ Nate Robinson before a trio of wins over washed up UFC stars Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren.
Paul’s most impressive victory came over former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in October of 2022.
But then it all came crashing down.
After years of waiting, Paul finally got his fight with Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight boxing superstar Tyson Fury.
He may live to regret that decision. Fury walked away with a split decision victory and took a significant amount of shine off of Paul as a fighter.
Now, Paul is looking to bounce back against another former UFC star. The wildly popular influencer is set to face Nate Diaz on Aug. 5 in Dallas.
While the fight is sure to draw a ton of interest, former UFC middleweight champ turned commentator Michael Bisping isn’t buying in.
“He’s saying, ‘Listen, everyone just thinks I’m vulnerable.’ Well, you were clearly showing that when you first went up against a professional boxer, not a basketballer, not a wrestler, not a past his prime MMA guy, this was a boxer,” Bisping said of Paul. “He was young, a novice boxer, and you got beat fair and square. So you are more vulnerable, but it’s not the best thing that’s happened to your career.”
He went on to note that Paul was very calculated in his decision to fight Diaz next, rather than an actual boxer.
“Nate Diaz, this will be a fun fight,” Bisping said. “Nate Diaz is no walk in the park. Very, very tough. Extremely hard to finish. Granted, he’s not a boxer, he’s almost 40 years old. He’s got a great submission game, you can’t use that. But the hands of Nate Diaz, they’re good. You can’t deny that.
“Listen, I’m not hating on Jake Paul, but this is the pattern, this is the flow. It’s an almost 40 non-boxer. It’s a guy who’s a submission specialist with decent hands. He’s much smaller. Diaz is very tall, he’s not a small man by any stretch of the imagination. But he did fight the majority of his career as a lightweight, okay? So it is going to be very interesting to see how it goes down.”
Harsh words. But it’s hard to say Bisping is wrong.