Jake Paul has set the date for a return to the boxing ring. This morning, the YouTuber turned professional boxer announced a planned bout on December 15th via his social media accounts.
“My destiny is to be a world champion and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get there. December 15th is the next step in that journey. Live on DAZN.” he wrote in the caption before tagging his Most Valuable Promotions company. The posts included a trailer featuring a training montage.
In a press release, Jake Paul declared himself the “biggest name” in boxing. “I’ve proved that I can headline the biggest global events and defy the odds. PPV after PPV after PPV, and I’m just getting started” he continued.
A location nor an opponent have been set for what will be Jake Paul’s ninth outing as a professional. It will also be the third time “The Problem Child” will compete in the squared circle this year. In February, Paul was on the wrong end of a controversial split decision loss to Tommy Fury. Paul rebounded in August with a definitive decision victory over Nate Diaz.
The announcement comes just two days after Jake Paul’s older brother, Logan, returned to boxing after an over two-year absence to defeat Bellator fighter and Conor McGregor training partner, Dillon Danis via disqualification in Manchester, UK. After Danis attempted to grapple and was met with a grounded hammer fist, the ring filled with both corners and entourages in a chaotic scene. Jake was firmly in the middle of the action defending his brother.
With roughly two months before Jake Paul is expected to make his ring entrance and the apparent Oct. 27th reveal, the clock is ticking on finalizing a dance partner.
Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury 2?
The most obvious opponent would be Tommy Fury. After the wild scene calmed down Logan invited him to the microphone during his post-fight interview with Ariel Helwani. The younger Paul proceeded to taunt his former foe urging him to “sign the contract.”
A rematch would not only provide clarity after their February contest, it could also prove to be redemptive for Fury after his split decision win over Deji “KSI” Olatunji failed to impress leading to a chorus of robbery cries.
Jake Paul vs Mike Perry?
It seems like Mike Perry wreaking havoc in the UFC was a lifetime ago. These days the woefully outspoken brawler is a modified boxer on a hot streak. Between his one-off at Triad Combat and his stint with BKFC, Perry is on a four-fight winning streak. After literally knocking out former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold’s teeth, it seems like the “Platinum” Florida man has found his calling in combat.
Perry presents the ideal opponent for the Paul circus to continue. He’s within the weight range Paul seems to prefer, he’s an aggressive fighter that will present plenty of countering opportunities, and he will provide more than enough soundbites for the promotional marketing machine. Plus, the two have been circling wagons around one another for months. In January, Perry was listed as the official backup fighter for the Fury bout. He was also rumored to fill in for Danis if he failed to show up on Saturday.
Jake Paul vs Michael “Venom” Page?
When Michael “Venom” Page announced his free agency in July, we made a wish list of potential opponents in MMA. If Page were to instead decide to lace 10-ounce gloves, he’d make the perfect foil for Jake Paul.
Page is a consistently exciting self-promoter who would only help drive pay-per-view numbers up alongside Paul. His dedication to putting on a show extends to inside the actual competition where he showboats and taunts to no end. In his brief foray into boxing, Page carried over that same strategy. Paul could look to exploit his unorthodox style with the same thing that has given MVP fits before: sticking to fundamentals. Paul’s textbook approach could lead to an interesting and highly entertaining showdown.