- Jake Paul is the latest YouTuber to try his hand in the boxing ring, taking on – and defeating – YouTube gamer AnEnsonGib on Thursday night.
- Following his win, Paul is setting his sights on fighting British YouTuber KSI, who recently beat Paul’s older brother, Logan, in a contested defeat.
- Jake Paul vowed to “avenge” his brother immediately following that defeat, and previously told Business Insider his fight against AnEnsonGib would be “a stepping stone” in his path to ultimately take on KSI.
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Jake Paul is wasting no time setting his sights on his next boxing match after decisively winning his first fight on Thursday night.
Following in the highly publicized steps of his older brother Logan by trying his hand in the boxing ring, the 22-year-old Jake Paul took on YouTube gamer AnEnsonGib and was handed the victory midway through the first round. But as Paul previously hinted in a conversation with Business Insider, this is only the beginning: His main focus in to “avenge” his brother by taking on KSI, the YouTuber who beat Logan Paul in a recent bout with a contested outcome.
“[AnEsonGib] is a kid that no one really knows about,” Paul told Business Insider in early January. “This opponent is merely a doormat I’m wiping my shoes on on the path of taking on KSI and knocking him out.”
Logan Paul, 24, has now fought KSI is two boxing matches in 2018 and 2019 that likely made millions in revenue for the two YouTube stars. Although the first fight ended in a draw, judges for the second fight narrowly ruled KSI the winner. Jake Paul immediately insisted the fight was rigged, and has vowed to fight – and win – against KSI for his brother’s honour.
In the minutes following the Paul’s victory against AnEnsonGib, he and KSI were face-to-face in the boxing ring, taunting each other and exchanging verbal jabs.
“Shut the f–k up, little guy. You see your best friend planted on his arse over there?” Paul said to KSI. “You had to beat my bro by a bad call. You’re next. Let’s make it happen.”
As for KSI, the British gamer said in a 2019 interview he was “definitely interested” in fighting the younger Paul brother, as long as he could “prove” he’s better than Logan Paul. Now that Jake Paul decisively had victory in the boxing ring, it stands to be seen whether a fight between his and KSI is in the future.
Both Logan and Jake Paul, who combined have nearly 40 million YouTube subscribers, have been through their fair share of controversy in their nearly 10 years in the limelight as online creators.
“The Paul family is sort of notorious,” Jake Paul told Business Insider. “Everyone wants to see the big bad wolves fall.”
The Paul-AnEnsonGib fight was exclusively shown on DAZN, the sports-streaming platform behind the production of several recent boxing matches between YouTubers who are trying to monetise their fights. DAZN and notable boxing promoter, Matchroom Boxing, have been partnering up to negotiate deals for YouTubers getting to the ring and broadcast their face-offs.