Jake Paul is more than just a rich internet troll

Jake Paul once chased Conor McGregor’s friend Dillon Danis down the road from the back of a truck and threw water balloons at him. Paul often drags the wives and girlfriends of his rivals into scenarios with insults. He stole Floyd Mayweather’s hat off his head ahead of the undefeated boxing champion’s fight with Paul’s brother, Logan.

The 5-0 professional boxer, who currently lives in Puerto Rico, shares much of his life on the internet. There are things, however, that he chooses to keep private. Even things that would further add to his fame. He never documented the time he made shrooms with Mike Tyson while vacationing in St. Barts earlier this year.

“It’s true,” Paul told the Post when asked if he really did do psychedelics with Tyson, who previously revealed the scene on a podcast in March.

“In my spare time, I’m very spiritual, which a lot of people don’t see.”

Paul played a different role as Amanda Serrano promoter after adding it to its Most Valuable Promotions and BAVAFA Sports lists last September.

Jake Paul speaks during the weigh-in for the Amanda Serrano-Katie Taylor fight.
Jake Paul speaks during the weigh-in for the Amanda Serrano-Katie Taylor fight.
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Paul made a big push for historic Serrano fight with Katie Taylor – the undisputed Irish champion, ranked pound-for-pound No. 1 in women’s boxing in the world – in a sold-out Madison Square Garden last Saturday, which ended in a split decision victory for Taylor. He especially focused on the women’s fight and on him.

It will always be difficult for some to separate the clownish internet version of Paul who has lined the pockets of millions and garnered over 20 million subscribers to his YouTube channel from what he suggests is the real thing.

“Meditation like mushrooms to me is like a very spiritual thing. It’s very powerful. It’s life changing, honestly. But I just like hanging out with my friends and watching movies. I don’t do all those crazy things,” said Paul, who also enjoys off-roading, mountain biking and fishing with friends when he’s not hanging out with his girlfriend. Julia Rose.

Jake Paul with his girlfriend Julia Rose on December 23, 2021.
Jake Paul with his girlfriend Julia Rose on December 23, 2021.
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“No one can see the real me and everyone has a preconceived idea of ​​who I am and how I act because they see all this crazy flashy stuff online. I think there’s so much [misconceptions] on me, and [people] just know that side of me.

Paul focused on a lucrative boxing career in August 2018, when he defeated British YouTuber Deji Olatunji in an amateur contest via TKO in the fifth round.

“But until you meet someone and know them and have been around them for years, you can never judge their character,” Paul said. “We all had that friend you think you know after a year with them. And then boom, all of a sudden they are different or they change or change… So how can you judge someone based on the internet? And yes, I’m still writing this legacy, but I think I’m just a kid living the American dream.

Paul’s outspoken personality and shameless trash talk earned him the nickname “The Problem Child”. The 25-year-old millionaire does not hesitate to call out his opponents and hurl obscene insults at other fighters on social networks. He often documents his pranks and feuds on YouTube.

“I carry a lot of responsibility and weight on my shoulders, and I want to show young kids what’s possible,” Paul said. “And I’m just trying my best to figure it all out and I come from a first generation of success. And sometimes I will make mistakes. Sometimes I do stupid shit. But yes, I have a good heart. I’m a good person and I try to do things that no one has ever done before, and it’s not easy.

Paul’s girlfriend, Rose, who was by his side throughout the fight week leading up to the Serrano-Taylor fighttold the Post that she hopes Paul will one day show the softer side of him that the public doesn’t see.

Paul is unaffected by the negative comments online as he said he was meant to be in the spotlight.

“I mean, I think [my confidence] comes from preparation and knowing how hard I train in the gym and backstage and how prepared I am for those fights where I just know I’m going to win and there’s really no other optional,” he said. “I will always find a way to win and that also comes from my coaches, you know, believing in me and giving me that confidence and telling me how good my abilities are. Just being built for it. The pressure and the big moments in the spotlight don’t really get to me.

Paul in the ring after the Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano fight.
Paul in the ring after the Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano fight.

“And I don’t care what people say on the internet. You know, it’s like most of these comments are from people who live off their mom’s Wi-Fi or comment on their mom’s Wi-Fi, like they’re not even paying for it themselves. If someone I respect says something negative, then I look into it and try to use it as constructive criticism. But all those Twitter trolls and YouTube comments again, like most of those kids are probably 12 or 15 years old. They never accomplished anything in their life. So why would you care what they have to say? »

Last December, Serrano told the Post that people don’t know “the real” Paul and said she believes critics “only want to see the negative” when it comes to him.

“He’s in his 20s, living his life,” Serrano said at the time. “But now he’s doing something great, and you just have to admit it.”

Paul steals the hat from Mayweather at a media event on May 6, 2021.
Paul steals the hat from Mayweather at a media event on May 6, 2021.
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Paul tweeted Sunday afternoon he will return to action on August 13, but his opponent and a venue have yet to be announced. He started training again in March after taking a few months off to promote Serrano full-time.

“I think it’s going to be the craziest knockout I’ve ever had, as my power increases so much this offseason,” Paul said. “My goal is to knock someone through the ropes and knock them through the ropes onto the floor.”

Paul last fought in December, beating Tyron Woodley in a sixth round stoppage, his second consecutive victory over the former UFC champion. He is 5-0 with four knockouts in his professional fighting career.

Although it remains to be seen who Paul will take next, Tyson said last week that he would fight Paul for the right price. The former heavyweight champion has already rumors denied that the two had negotiated a potential fight.

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