YouTube star Jake Paul’s dream boxing run has continued following a first round knockout win.
YouTube star Jake Paul’s dream boxing run has continued following a first round knockout win over MMA legend Ben Askren.
Paul, who currently boasts a YouTube channel with over 20 million subscribers, improved his professional boxing record to 3-0 after landing a massive right hand which put Askren on the canvas at the halfway mark of the first round.
The former UFC fighter made his way back to his feet and beat the count after copping the heavy hit, but referee Brian Stutt deemed Askren not fit to continue.
The bout was officially stopped after 1.59 minutes.
Paul after the fight paid tribute to his security guard, Shadow, who passed away earlier this month.
“It’s been four months. I’ve been in training camp every day. I deserve that s–t,” Paul said.
“This is the craziest moment of my life. I told you all I was going to do it in the first round. I told you I’m a real fighter. I don’t know how many times I’ve got to prove to myself that this is for real.
“This is for Shadow my security guard, who passed away 10 days ago. He told me I would knock him out in the first round.
“He said he had a vision, a dream. This has been the hardest 10 days of my life. I had to hold it together to keep this fight going and I’m just honoured to be here.”
Paul, 24, made his boxing debut in January 2020 when he defeated fellow YouTuber Ali Loui Al-Fakhri, via first-round TKO.
He followed that up with a second-round knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson in November last year.