Vlogger-Turned-Boxer Jake Paul's Victory Questioned in Another Career Controversy

Monday December 20, 2021
Originally published on December 19, 2021

Jake Paul's boxing win on Saturday is being doubted by some. Is it yet another controversy in a controversial career that includes claims of hooking up with Lil Nas X?

"Jake Paul's ascent in the world of boxing isn't stopping any time soon. Actually, it might just be getting started," reports ESPN after the YouTube star-turned-prizefighter knocked out former UFC champion Tyron Woodley at 2:12 of the sixth round in a rematch Saturday night in Tampa, on Saturday, December 18.

"This is as real as it gets, just like my right hand. I told you, I was going to f*** him up. And I f**** him up."

ESPN adds: "In what was a lackluster fight before the finish, Paul walloped Woodley with a huge right hand — and Woodley was out cold on contact, face-planting to the mat."

The win marked the fifth for Paul, who made his name as a social media influencer, first on Vine then YouTube. ""I've knocked out every single person that I've fought," Paul said.

But some are doubting Paul's win as legit, citing a move he made before he made his winning blow. The Daily Mail writes "video footage from the rematch shows Paul appearing to twist his right glove in what looks like a signal to his opponent, just seconds before Woodley hit the deck."


Some fans see this as proof of a fix. "One fan took a video of the alleged signal before captioning it: 'Rigged? The twist of the hand to let him know it's time to flop?'"

Others saw the fight as legit. "If anyone thinks this was rigged either is stupid as f*** or never watched boxing a day in their lives. Y'all discredit no matter what. Shut the f*** up or step in the ring yourself and do better good win tonight."

Another claimed: "I despise Jake Paul but that was actually a good clean shot. It was coming, I called it 10 seconds before you could see the right hand loading up. Not rigged, no pay out, Tyron messed up big time and was slept for it."

Prior to boxing, Paul came to fame as a YouTube influencer from posting pranks, music, and videos with controversial content.


"The 24-year-old Vine star turned vlogger has polarized viewers with videos of dangerous pranks and stunts (though he continues to bring in millions of views). He is a serial entrepreneur linked to several dubious and misleading business ventures (though that hasn't deterred investors)," wrote the New York Times in a profile earlier this year. "He has repeatedly offended and alienated his collaborators (though he keeps finding new ones)."

He had an ongoing role on Disney Channel's "Bizaardvark," where he performed stunts, but was dropped during the second season when he was fired due to public nuisance complaints made against him by neighbors in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. He had a drunk altercation with singer Zayn Malik last year in Vegas, for which he apologized. He was also called out in the media for hosting a party in July, 2020 that appeared to ignore pandemic protocols.


He later got into further hot water by claiming to the Daily Beast that "98 percent of news [about COVID-19] is fake." Paul claimed he was misquoted in in a follow-up conversation on The Verge.

"So this guy, this reporter, he misquoted me. He took what I said out of context, and I told him that. I told him that the whole entire time. It was probably the worst interview I've ever done. He was just like leading me down certain paths with his questions. And it's quite upsetting actually that someone with that sort of power can just publish something that's false. And then just everyone would conceive it to be true when reading it."


The Daily Beast writer — Marlow Stern — posted the audio transcript of his interview with Paul in which those claims were made.

Asked by The Verge about COVID, Paul said: "No, no. COVID is very, very real. COVID is very real, like, it's killed so many people. It's killed people I know. It's killed someone very, very close to me. So that's what I'm saying. I don't even know where that came from."

Asked about how the public should perceive him, Paul said:

"I think people forget that I'm human, and that I'm 23 years old. And that I'm just a normal fucking kid that got handed a lot of power and responsibility, and it's easy to mess up with that a lot. It truly is. And I'm not making excuses for myself at all. But I'm just a genuine guy. If I was at a local frat party, and I met anyone — guy, girl, whoever it is — I'm the type of person that gets along with anyone and is super down to earth."


But a "super down to earth" guy with sexual assault allegations that occurred this past April when he was accused by two social media personalities of forcing them into sexually comprising situations when they worked with Paul. One, TikTok personality Justine Paradise, was part of Paul's entertainment collaborative, titled Team 10, when the incident occurred in 2019.

Paul has had a history of dating other YouTube personalities and models. In April of 2019 he began dating internet personality Tana Mongeau. Three months later they said they were married (but not legally). They broke up in January, 2020.

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Earlier this year, Paul reflected on some of low points of his career in a TikTok, which made headlines because he claims to have hooked up with Lil Nas X.

"In the clip, which was uploaded on Tuesday, the YouTuber and boxer looked back over a number of his career low points, including getting fired from the Disney Channel series 'Bizaardvark' back in 2017 and getting raided by the FBI in 2020." Newsweek wrote.

He commented on his various career mishaps, including his relationship with Mongeau, adding "fake married a sloth" to his list.

But one led to headlines and speculation: "Hooked Up With Lil Nas X."

"A lot of Ls but the last one is a huge W," he commented on his video about his choices.

Paul has an active and thirst-trappy IG account, as these pics attest: