American YouTuber and professional boxer Jake Joseph Paul was born on January 17, 1997. Prior to starring in two seasons of the Disney Channel sitcom Bizaardvark as Dirk Mann, he first gained notoriety on Vine. Paul's boxing career started in August 2018 when he won an amateur fight by TKO in the fifth round against British YouTuber Deji Olatunji. After going pro, Paul defeated YouTuber AnEsonGib in the first round via TKO in January 2020. Paul prevailed in his subsequent bouts between 2020 and 2022, defeating former basketball player Nate Robinson through second-round KO, as well as retired mixed martial artists Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva, and Ben Askren via first-round TKO, twice via SD and sixth-round KO, and unanimous decision, respectively. Tommy Fury delivered his first-ever professional defeat to him by SD. He defeated 38-year-old UFC star Nate Diaz by unanimous decision in his most recent fight. He said in January 2023 that he will be joining the PFL to make his professional mixed martial arts debut.
In September 2013, Paul started his career by uploading videos on Vine. When Twitter Inc. decided to stop Vine, Paul had accumulated 2 billion views and 5.3 million followers on the app. On May 15, 2014, Paul started his YouTube account. His hip-hop songs, controversy, and practical jokes are what make his channel famous.
Paul was cast in the Disney Channel comedy Bizaardvark, where he played a character that took dare requests and performed them after receiving praise on Vine and YouTube. While filming the second season of Bizaardvark, on July 22, 2017, Paul's departure from the show was confirmed by the Disney Channel. The statement came after KTLA reported that neighbours of Paul's have complained to the public about noise levels caused by Paul's antics, parties, fire risks, and the enormous numbers of Paul's admirers congregating in their neighbourhood. Paul later verified the information on his Twitter profile, stating that he will now prioritise his adult acting gigs, business endeavours, personal brand, and YouTube channel.
Paul faced English YouTuber Deji Olatunji in a white-collar boxing battle in 2018, marking his boxing debut. The co-feature battle between Logan Paul, the older brother of Paul, and KSI, the older brother of Olatunji, was Paul vs. Olatunji. The fight happened on August 25, in Manchester, England's Manchester Arena. In the fifth round, Paul won via technical knockout against Olatunji.
Paul played his first professional match versus English YouTuber AnEsonGib in 2020. This fight, which was the co-feature match for the WBO world middleweight title fight between professional boxers Demetrius Andrade and Luke Keeler, happened on January 30 at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, Florida. After calling out KSI, Paul won the first round through technical knockout against AnEsonGib. Paul made his ring comeback on November 28 when he faced basketball star Nate Robinson in the co-feature event of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California. In the second round, Paul won by knockout over Robinson.
Paul is descended from Jews, French, German, Scottish, Irish, and English people. Paul is estimated to be valued between $17 and $30 million. Forbes said in January 2022 that Paul earned around $38 million from boxing in 2021, ranking him as the 46th best paid athlete globally during that time.
In April 2019, Paul started dating Tana Mongeau, an American YouTuber and online celebrity. Although many fans and analysts did not think the engagement was real, the pair confirmed their engagement in June 2019. Paul and Mongeau got married in Las Vegas on July 28 of that year. Subsequently, InTouch revealed that the officiant was not licenced by the state of Nevada and that the couple had not received a marriage licence before the ceremony. Consequently, the marriage lacked legal force.