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Could Logan Paul’s Competitive Nature End His Boxing Career?

Logan Paul, the 27-year-old social media star, has had a variety of careers ranging from content creator, actor, and now professional wrestler for the American media company, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). 


     According to Who Is Logan Paul: the Life and Rise of the Controversial YouTube Star ( published November 11, 2019, “Paul got his start [in his online career] at age 10, posting videos to the internet using an app called Zoosh.”


      But, there is not much evidence of this app’s existence. The only evidence online is Logan Paul’s old Youtube channel named ZooshExtras along with another Youtube channel named Idogandjslice.


     Paul’s true rise to fame started in 2014 when he uploaded videos to the now-defunct video-sharing platform, Vine. These videos consisted of him performing stunts, playing pranks, and telling jokes. 


     After this, Paul continued to rise in popularity until he eventually amassed 9.4 million followers and moved on to other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. He also gained roles in various TV shows and movies like “Law and Order”; “Stitchers”; and Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark”. 


     Although, as the article, Logan Paul reveals nose injury that could stop future boxing fights - Dexerto published February 18, 2020, points out, Paul’s boxing career may be put on hold due to a nose “[...] injury that could see his nose [‘]collapse[‘] if he was hit there [...]”. 


     The article goes on to state that Paul’s doctor could not fix Paul’s nose until he stopped boxing. The injury could cause Paul to have trouble breathing but, despite this, the 27-year-old has continued to box to this day. He is scheduled for a rematch with the British professional boxer, Tommy Fury, later this year. This comes after his initial fight (and, subsequently, his first loss) to Fury in late February.


     On top of his injury, Paul’s track record of controversies have made it difficult for him to stay in one career field for too long. Will he be able to maintain his current boxing occupation? Or, will this next match be his last?


        According to the article, When Did Logan Paul Start Boxing? - Metro League, Paul’s boxing career started in 2018 when he challenged another famous Youtuber, Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji, also known by his Youtube name KSI, to a boxing match. This fight ended in a draw, while his subsequent rematch ended when KSI won in a split decision. 


     Paul and KSI’s rivalry predated the ring, starting in early 2018 when the latter challenged Paul to a match after winning against another Youtuber named Joe Weller. According to the article, Logan Paul loses YouTuber boxing rematch in controversial decision | Mashable published November 10, 2019, Paul made a controversial (and, in boxing, illegal) move during the match where he punched KSI in the back of the head. 


     As well as causing him to be penalized by two points and costing him the match, this is just one of many controversies that Paul has been a part of over the years. His most well-known controversy occurred in 2017 after he uploaded an infamous video of his visit to Japan’s Aokigahara forest (or, as it’s more commonly known, the “suicide forest” which has been named for its tragic reputation as a place where people go to kill themselves.) 


     Footage from Paul’s now-deleted video included a hanging dead body. Responses to the video were generally negative, creating an outpour of internet comments that, according to the article Logan Paul: Outrage over YouTuber's Japan dead man video - BBC News published January 2, 2018, called the video “disrespectful” and “disgusting”. The video became so widespread that it reached famous celebrities such as Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner and Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, who also expressed their disgust on Twitter. 


     In addition to receiving massive negative attention, the video caused some damage to Paul’s career. According to the article, YouTube punishes Logan Paul over Japan suicide video - BBC News published January 11, 2018, “Paul's channels were removed from YouTube's Google Preferred programme, where brands sell ads on the platform's top 5% of content creators.” 


     Despite all of this, Paul has stated he considers the video a “blessing” that forced him to change and taught him to be a better person. 


     If Paul were to lose his rematch against Fury, what would happen? According to the article, Logan Paul will force brother Jake to change his name if he loses in Tommy Fury rematch - Mirror Online, published March 21, 2023, Paul would force his brother, Jake, to change his surname. 


     In conclusion, the future of Paul’s boxing career is uncertain. He certainly has the drive to pursue it, but it is unclear if that will be enough to maintain it.


Edited by: Mary May

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