Showtime confirmed to Deadline this night that it had made a cope with YouTube star and nascent skilled boxer Jake Paul. Particulars of the settlement weren’t out there, however Paul advisor Nakisa Bidarian instructed ESPN Wednesday that talks concerning the potential opponent, date and site are at a complicated stage.
Paul is 3-0 report as skilled fighter. His first match in opposition to YouTuber AnEsonGib, ended with a primary discovered TKO. In his second match, Paul knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson within the second spherical. Final month, Paul knocked out MMA fighter Ben Askren, who had by no means boxed professionally earlier than, within the first spherical.
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The Askren combat was promoted by the Ryan Kavanaugh-backed Triller, which isn’t concerned within the new Showtime deal.
“Jake is pleased with the occasions he participated in with Triller and appreciates the alternatives they afforded him,” Bidarian told ESPN. “Jake is happy to proceed his boxing profession with Showtime Boxing. Battle announcement coming quickly.”
A cope with Showtime Boxing is step towards legitimacy for Paul as a fighter. He’s undoubtedly a draw, however combating for a promoter that has placed on fights with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Tyson Fury and Floyd Mayweather — who will combat Jake’s brother Logan subsequent month — is an indication of respect within the boxing world.
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