Jake Paul (right) boxing.
Jake Paul (26, USA), who is active as a global ‘boxing influencer’ through YouTube, joined the US team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The Associated Press reported on the 20th (Korean time) that Paul is training with national boxers at the United States Boxing Association (USA Boxing) headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the goal of participating in the Olympics.
Paul said through the social networking service ‘ He said.
First of all, it has not yet been revealed whether Paul, who has declared himself a ‘public relations ambassador’, will participate in the Olympics himself.
The United States is the country that ranks first overall with a total of 117 medals, including 50 gold medals, since boxing was introduced as an official Olympic sport in 1904.
However, as many excellent athletes advanced to the professional stage, the last American male athlete to win an Olympic gold medal was Andre Ward (light heavyweight) at the 2004 Athens Games.
The Olympics have been opened to professional boxers since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, but many top boxers still do not compete in the Olympics due to the risk of injury and the tight schedule.
The American boxing world is encouraged by the news of Paul’s Olympic challenge, which is very popular on YouTube.
Mike McAtee, executive director of the United States Boxing Association, said, “With Paul joining the national team, athletes will have the opportunity to fight in the most iconic event, the Olympics, while also building brand value.”
Paul, who has 20.5 million YouTube subscribers, is active as a professional boxer, actor, and singer.
His professional boxing record is 7 wins and 1 loss, and he has won two boxing battles with Tyron Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion in mixed martial arts.
At that time, he and Woodley made a bet that “the loser will get a tattoo saying he loves the winner.”
He trained with Khabib Nurmagomedov with the goal of making his mixed martial arts debut, and last year he made headlines by challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin to a duel.
Paul is in a public relationship with Utah Leirdam (Netherlands), who is also familiar to Korean speed skating fans. 스포츠토토