Jake Paul talks scandals and dishes smack-talk ahead of Tyron fight


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Controversial internet sensation Jake Paul will be squaring off in the ring against Tyron Woodley at the end of August and the star is revealing that he's been turning his scandal-riddled life around through the help of boxing. 

The 24-year-old influencer turned athlete took a pause from training to talk exclusively with DailyMailTV about how the sport is taking him off of a 'dead end' path and his new non-profit for kids, Boxing Bullies

Jake first made a name for himself back in 2013 on the now-defunct social platform Vine and today boasts just shy of 52million followers across YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. He recently pivoted careers to boxing, going pro in 2020 with a currently undefeated record. 

In the ring: Controversial internet sensation Jake Paul took a pause from training to talk exclusively with DailyMailTV about how the sport of boxing is taking him off of a 'dead end' path and his new non-profit for kids, Boxing Bullies

Jake dished up some good old fashioned pre-fight smack-talk during his DailyMailTV chat and offered up a prediction for exactly how things will go down in his upcoming bout with Tyron: 'I don't think he makes it out of the second round.' 

'There is not a chance that he beats me,' Jake said. 'It could go a couple of rounds, which I would like, because it would just give me more experience in the ring.'

His humble-brag about 'experience' aside, Jake has a point - his professional boxing record is 3-0 and not one of his fights have lasted more than two rounds.

'I haven't really been able to even show how good of a boxer I am, which is why I still think there's like a question mark as to whether or not I'm a real pro,' Jake admitted. 'But believe me, I am.'  

'There is not a chance that he beats me,' Jake said. 'It could go a couple of rounds, which I would like, because it would just give me more experience in the ring.'

'I haven't really been able to even show how good of a boxer I am, which is why I still think there's like a question mark as to whether or not I'm a real pro,' Jake admitted. 'But believe me, I am.'

While the influencer-turned-boxer is known for trash talking his opponents - and stealing the occasional hat - Jake assures DailyMailTV that his confidence is not false bravado. 

When asked if he's ever nervous before entering the ring, Jake says he's 'the same way as when the cameras are on, believe it or not.' 

'It's fun and it's what we train for,' Jake said of being dominate in the ring. 'And it's what I manifest when I'm doing my breath work, my meditation.'

Jake has been training extensively with BJ Flores in Puerto Rico and claims to be in the best shape of his life these days.

'It's fun and it's what we train for,' Jake said of being dominate in the ring. 'And it's what I manifest when I'm doing my breath work, my meditation.' 

Fame and fortune have always been top priority for the former Disney star however, after years causing trouble, negative headlines and begrudging apologies, Jake's definition of celebrity is changing.

'You know, I've always wanted to make history. I've always wanted to leave an impact,' he said.

The influencer has over 16 million Instagram followers and 20 million subscribers on YouTube giving him a fan base that reaches far and wide - many of them very young.

Jake's antics last summer alone have been enough to keep him far off any parent's list of modern day role models.

'I'm not afraid to admit it. I was going down this like weird dark path that's like a Hollywood young teenage star and it wasn't good. It was going to be a dead end,' he candidly said. 

'I'm not afraid to admit it. I was going down this like weird dark path that's like a Hollywood young teenage star and it wasn't good. It was going to be a dead end,' he candidly said. 'I think that happens to a lot of other creators, a lot of other actors, musicians, people who moved to LA In general.'

Adding: 'I think that happens to a lot of other creators, a lot of other actors, musicians, people who moved to LA In general.' 

In June of 2020 Paul was charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly - both misdemeanors - for looting an Arizona mall during Black Lives Matter protests. 

A month later he was in hot water with the city of Calabasas after throwing a massive rager at the height of the pandemic when the rest of the state of California was under stay-at-home orders. He was also quoted as calling the COVID-19 pandemic 'a hoax.'

His home was then raided by the FBI in August of 2020 in connection with the Arizona riot. Cameras captured authorities seizing numerous firearms from Jake's place and sources told DailyMail.com at the time that federal agents also took computers and hard drives. 

'Boxing literally pulled me out of that, gave me routine, discipline - it helped me learn a lot about myself that I didn't know before,' he revealed. 'It's changed me. It's made me more mature. And it put a focus back on, you know, what life is really about for me.'

Looking back on the last year, however, Jake claims he is turning over a new leaf and credits boxing for halting his negative downward spiral.

'Boxing literally pulled me out of that, gave me routine, discipline - it helped me learn a lot about myself that I didn't know before,' he revealed. 'It's changed me. It's made me more mature. And it put a focus back on, you know, what life is really about for me.'

'I think it's more meaningful than anything else that I have done,' Jake added.  

While the young millionaire is using his new career to navigate his way out of a PR disaster path and he admits that he's okay with never being a 'squeaky clean role model'.

'Part of my job [is] talking s**t and ruffling people's feathers,' he told DailyMailTV. 'That's part of this business.'

'I think as a society, we have to let people learn, let people grow from their mistakes and become different people,' he explained. 'If you're able to yell at someone or reprimand someone or criticize someone for their actions, then you should also be able to be patient with them and see if there's change, see if they learned from that mistake.'

'Part of my job [is] talking s**t and ruffling people's feathers,' he laughed. 'That's part of this business.'

While he won't even relinquish his role as a pot-stirrer or headline maker, Jake would like to be given the chance to redeem his reputation as he gets older. 

'I think as a society, we have to let people learn, let people grow from their mistakes and become different people,' he explained. 'If you're able to yell at someone or reprimand someone or criticize someone for their actions, then you should also be able to be patient with them and see if there's change, see if they learned from that mistake.'  

And, while Jake Paul 'do-gooder' is not a phrase many of his haters - or even followers - would associate with the web star, in at least one way he is putting his money where his mouth is.

Paul recently started the nonprofit, Boxing Bullies, in an effort to bring America's youth the same benefits that the sport gave him when he needed it the most. 

Do-gooder: Paul recently started the nonprofit, Boxing Bullies, in an effort to bring America's youth the same benefits that the sport gave him when he needed it the most

'The goal is is pretty simple. It's let's get the youth and kids - as many kids as possible - involved in the sport of boxing to teach them leadership, discipline, courage,' he said. 'Get them on the right track, keep them out of trouble maybe.'

'The goal is is pretty simple. It's let's get the youth and kids - as many kids as possible - involved in the sport of boxing to teach them leadership, discipline, courage,' he said. 'Get them on the right track, keep them out of trouble maybe.'

'Let's fight back against bullying and cyber bullying, because it's such a big problem in our generation,' Jake said. 

Hard to believe those words came from the same Jake Paul who used to regularly instruct his young followers to drop out of school to become influencers. 

'I think being spiritual and taking time for yourself is super important,' he reflected. 'Things move a million miles per hour and social media these days is so toxic and you can get caught up in all of that. So meditation definitely helps for sure.' 

'I think being spiritual and taking time for yourself is super important,' he reflected. 'Things move a million miles per hour and social media these days is so toxic and you can get caught up in all of that. So meditation definitely helps for sure.'

Meditation, breathwork and manifestation are all part and parcel of the intense physical training the athlete has been doing to prepare for his next knockout.  

'Mentally, I'm so excited. I'm so prepared for this,' he said. 'I can't wait to just go in there and perform.'

Jake's anticipated win against UFC champ Tyron Woodley will come with more than just another notch on his championship belt. The loser of the fight has agreed to get 'I love [the winner]' tattooed somewhere on their body.

Paul is beyond sure that he won't be getting inked and is ready for Tyron to make good on the bet that very night. 

Knock out: Jake is '100%' confident that he's going to beat Tyron and that the loser will end up getting inked with 'I love Jake Paul' after the fight

'I think he'll probably get it on the bottom of his foot so that no one ever has to see it,' he laughed.

'I do have a tattoo artist, Tatu Baby, one of the biggest tattoo artists, she is coming to the fight and I'm sending her to his locker room after the fight to get the tattoo,' he revealed. 

'You're that confident that he is getting that tattoo and you are not?' DailyMailTV asked.

'One hundred percent,' he quipped with confidence. 'It's going to be a historic night and imma knock him out.   

Jake will take on Woodley at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, August 29th. The fight can be viewed on Showtime PPV.

Fight night: Jake will take on Woodley at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, August 29th. The fight can be viewed on Showtime PPV