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YouTube star Jake Paul has earned an estimated $40 million from his three boxing matches in 2021.
Forbes’ Brett Knight reported on Friday that Paul, who ranked second on YouTubers’ annual earnings chart with $45 million in total earnings, would have finished 20th overall and No. 1 among boxers ahead of Canelo Alvarez on the list of the highest paid athletes.
His brother, Logan Paul, brought in around $18 million in total earnings to rank eighth among YouTubers. It’s unclear what percentage of that came from his June exhibition fight against boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Jake, 24, defeated former MMA fighter Ben Askren by first-round knockout in April. He followed that up with back-to-back wins over UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, first by split decision in August and then by knockout in December.
Paul’s career record is now 5-0, and he’s helped bring a new perspective to the boxing world with events that often include other celebrity fights and a concert atmosphere.
“Look what I just did,” he told ESPN’s Marc Raimondi after his second win over Woodley. “Look at the year I just had. Unprecedented. One of the most valuable boxers in the sport. Four fights. Four huge pay-per-views in 13 months. have fought.”
Now the question is whether his streak of success is sustainable and whether the interest will continue if he doesn’t focus on legitimate boxing opponents soon.
Both Askren and Woodley had a background in combat sports, but they were not classically trained boxers and were past their early years as fighters.
Eventually, Paul, who also has 20.4 million YouTube subscribers, will have to step up the level of competition, but for now, the eye-popping earnings he generated in 2021 speaks for itself.