After a successful tenure with Triller Fight Club, YouTuber Jake Paul has signed with Showtime Sports.
The move was a significant advancement in Paul’s boxing career. Some of the world’s most renowned sportsmen, like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, have called Showtime Sports their home. In effect, this might be Paul’s first step toward credibility in the combat sports world.
Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh spoke with Bad Left Hook on Paul’s exit.
Kavanaugh said, “Jake’s team said they got offered $10 million with upside. And so we said, ‘We don’t want to hold you back, we wish you good luck.’ We tried to look at what makes financial sense. I just don’t know how anybody can make money at the level he’s asking for.”
Jake Paul might make a fight announcement shortly
Paul’s agreement came as a great surprise. However, his never-ending antics were complemented with his unblemished record inside the ring, which is certain to have played a significant factor in this agreement going through.
Paul has a 3-0 professional boxing record. His final two appearances in the ring occurred during his partnership with Triller. In November, he knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Following that, he performed a sensational battle against veteran MMA fighter Ben Askren, knocking him out in round one.
Nakisa Bidarian, Paul’s advisor, first informed ESPN’s Marc Raimondi of Paul’s contract with Showtime Sports. Paul is reportedly in the final stages of planning his next battle inside the ring.
Bidarian stated, “Jake is proud of the events he participated in with Triller and appreciates the opportunities they afforded him… Jake is excited to continue his boxing career with Showtime Boxing. Fight announcement coming soon.”
The statement from Bidarian corresponded with a Tweet from Paul, who also indicated the announcement of his upcoming bout.
There has been no official announcement regarding Paul’s next bout as of yet.