Jake Joseph Paul, born on January 17, 1997, is an American social media personality and professional boxer. He gained initial fame on Vine and later appeared on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark as Dirk Mann for two seasons. Throughout his career, Paul has been involved in numerous controversies, facing charges for criminal trespass and unlawful assembly.
His journey as a professional boxer began in August 2018, where he defeated British YouTuber Deji Olatunji in an amateur contest via TKO in the fifth round. After turning pro, Paul achieved victories against YouTuber AnEsonGib with a TKO in the first round in January 2020. Subsequently, he won fights against retired basketball player Nate Robinson by second-round KO, and retired mixed martial artists Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley by 1st-round TKO and split decision, respectively. He also secured a win against Anderson Silva by unanimous decision and a loss to Tommy Fury via split decision.
In January 2023, Paul announced his intention to make his professional MMA debut with the PFL.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Westlake, Ohio, alongside his older brother Logan, who is also a YouTuber, Jake started making videos at a young age of 10. His parents are Pamela Ann Stepnick (née Meredith) and realtor Gregory Allan Paul.