Jake Paul is staying busy in boxing.
“The Problem Child” simultaneously changes the way women’s boxing conducts business. He revealed that in the upcoming Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano fight, the fighters would receive over a $1 million payday.
“They’re both getting 7-figure payday which is unprecedented and will knock down so many doors for the women that deserve this pay over the next couple of years,” Paul said to TMZ. “This is just historic for the sport in general.”
Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will make history in an epic battle for Taylor’s undisputed Lightweight title on Saturday, April 30. The fight is a night of many firsts for the two veteran boxers.
Serrano is signed to Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, and Katie Taylor is signed with Matchroom Boxing, which has a streaming deal with DAZN, where the fight will be shown.
“The history that this is making. First time women have ever headlined Madison Square Garden, which is massive, and two of the pound-for-pound best going at it; this is what boxing needs more of. I am counting down the days,” Paul continued.
Aiding The GWOAT By Proxy
The world has paid more attention to women’s boxing with the gains made by fighters like Claressa Shields, who calls herself the Greatest Woman Of All Time or the GWOAT.
However, she reportedly has never made more than $350k-$450k per bout and has been one of the biggest advocates of women’s boxing. Although Paul and Shields have been beefing for various reasons, it is undeniable that Paul is elevating the stakes for the women’s game.
“I think it will shine a light that women boxing is just as good as men’s boxing,” said Paul. “I think that’s been a stigma for so long. ‘Oh we don’t wanna see that, we don’t wanna see it. It’s not as fun.’ No! These women are awesome, they’re legit, they are savages and you’re gonna see a war April 30, and I think this is gonna open up a lot of doors for women’s boxing in general.”
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 19, 2022
The Fighter’s Advocate
Paul has been Serrano’s biggest supporter lately. She has fought as the co-main event in at least two of his last boxing matches and is now headlining at the Garden in her hometown of New York City.
However, it only indicates how he is digging his heels into the boxing business. Recently, Paul signed boxing prospect Ashton Sylve, an 18-year-old from Long Beach, California.
Sylve is 7-0 with seven knockouts since turning pro, and fights at 126 pounds. According to reports, Sylve trains under his father, Ivan, and has been training since age six.
Bring It On
Additionally, Paul has been calling out fighters in boxing and mixed martial arts constantly, and currently his ire is focused on former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
I challenge you to stop hosting your struggling podcast, get licensed to fight, and box me.
Let’s see if that UFC belt and all the respect you have can help you beat me in a boxing match. pic.twitter.com/9Bv0bDTK1E
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 17, 2022
Paul’s advocacy of MMA fighter pay, now executing his version of “pushin’ p” by signing a young prospect and advancing the plight of Amanda Serrano and women’s boxers in general, is placing him on a whole new level.
“Amanda Serrano is under Most Valuable Promotions where we’re rooting for her big time but this is gonna be a tough fight. It could really go either way, I just think Amanda has a little bit of that edge.”