Jake Paul still has plenty of reasons to smile after his split decision loss to Tommy Fury.
The American YouTuber-turned-fighter is currently laying in a bed he made after admitting that he wouldn’t have the right to call himself a professional boxer if he couldn’t beat Tommy Fury.
He couldn’t. Fury used the fundamentals of boxing well enough to take Paul the distance and beat him over eight rounds, even despite a knockdown scored by Paul in the last.
The loser was gracious in defeat, besides a couple of training camp sickness claims, and it’s understood he’ll pursue the rematch that he had written into the contract.
Many have pointed to any improvements on Paul’s part are due to his bank balance giving him the ability to employ high-level training and everything that comes with it. Well, he has plenty to spend in the lead up to the second fight.
The now 6-1 fighter posted a video to his social media in the aftermath with the caption ‘when you lost but made $30 million’ in which he’s sad one second and smiling the next.
Jake Paul on Instagram the day after his defeat to Tommy Fury…
[🎥 @JakePaul] pic.twitter.com/4tj7rMDQXY
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 27, 2023
If taken at his word, it shows that skills don’t necessarily pay the bills in the sport of boxing, at least in this particular case. The total earnings likely combine his fight purse, revenue from the event, PPV sales, and sponsorship.
The MVP – Paul’s company – promoted event in Saudi Arabia drew some of the biggest names from the world of sport in Mike Tyson, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Tyson Fury.
And purses on offer from the Middle East are no secret in boxing. The sport followed the likes of Formula 1 and pro wrestling into the territory in order for the fighters to maximise – nay, skyrocket – their earnings.
Despite many not being behind the increased sporting activity there, it’s here to stay, and Paul has just shown us why.