Jake Paul looks to continue his unbeaten run as the king of social media boxers this weekend when he faces Tyron Woodley tonight.
It was Joe Weller, Theo Baker and KSI who started the “influencer boxing” movement in the early part of 2018, but Paul has taken the idea and made it into one of the most divisive and talked about trends in combat sports today since getting involved that summer.
The idea stemmed from a YouTube video where Weller and Baker, two YouTube stars, fought in a gym, with the winner offered a fight against Britain’s most famous social media star KSI, real name JJ Olatunji.
Weller picked up the win, and went on to face KSI, losing to the Watford native, who would go on to face Logan Paul, Jake’s older brother, in a white collar bout which was called a draw before turning professional and winning their rematch.
Jake made his debut in the co-main event of the first KSI vs Logan Paul event, and quickly turned professional after the success of their LA rematch in 2019.
And a number of social media stars have followed suit, with varying degrees of success inside the ring.
Here are out official social media influencer power rankings:
1. Jake Paul
Nobody in the YouTube scene has made a boxing career comparable to the younger of the Paul brothers.
His older sibling hasn’t won yet, but Jake has picked up a series of impressive victories, including a win over AnEsonGib that has aged particularly well.
He has beaten former Bellator champion Ben Askren and UFC champion Tyron Woodley, who while not boxers, are legitimate fighters with much more pedigree than anyone on this list.
Even Nate Robinson, who looked awful as Paul viciously stopped him, would likely have given trouble to a number of YouTube fighters.
Olatunji probably could have taken the number one spot if he kept fighting after his stunning win over Logan Paul in November of 2019.
He comfortably stopped Joe Weller in his debut at the Copper Box Arena in London, but couldn’t get past the elder Paul in Manchester the following August.
But despite being dropped in their 2019 rematch, KSI managed to come from behind and take a split decision win over Logan in his home country to put an end to their feud.
Logan, who has competed with Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition bout, said that KSI was the hardest puncher he has ever faced.
3. Slim Albaher
He’s not a particularly well-known influencer, but Slim Albaher has emerged as a star in the YouTube boxing scene with his wins in Dubai over the last year.
The Brooklyn native of Yemeni heritage burst onto the scene with a vicious knockout over one of the biggest stars on the platform Yousef ‘FouseyTube’ Erakat in London back in 2019, and has since won his next two in Dubai by KO on the Social Knockout promotion.
And his most recent win over 3Bidaan was dubbed arguably the most brutal in social media history after a solid back-and-forth bout that was arguably his toughest test.
Unfortunately for Slim, his social media profile isn’t large enough as yet to attract big bouts with American or British stars, so it remains to be seen what his level is, exactly, as yet.
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Ali Al-Fakhri, known by the username AnEsonGib, or simply ‘Gib’, became something of a punchline after his embarrassing first round loss to Jake Paul in his professional debut.
It was quickly forgotten that during fight week, there was legitimate belief that he could beat the American, and he is actually the only fighter Paul has faced who had boxed at any level before.
He won his two white collar bouts against MaxPlaysFifa and Jay Swingler, but was easily beaten within minutes by Paul in an awful debut showing.
But after the loss he put his head down, began working with a new team, and returned earlier this year to defeat highly-touted Tik Tok star Tayler Holder in a much more measured performance.
He’ll be back in the ring next year, and fans are excited to see how much his game has developed since this.
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5. Joel ‘JMX’ Morris
JMX competed on the first couple of YouTube boxing cards, and looked like one of the more impressive fighters to emerge from the trend.
He’s a giant at 6’2″, and handily won his two fights against Mike Fox and Richard Strachan on the undercards of the first two events in the UK.
JMX also made his MMA debut in 2019, beating Wojciech Gola, and prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, he was being touted as a potential opponent for Logan Paul’s foray into the world of MMA.
However, it now appears that Paul will only be fighting in gimmick boxing matches against established fighters, and it remains to be seen if JMX will compete again.
6. Austin McBroom
Say what you will about his activity outside of the ring, Austin McBroom put on a show when he viciously stopped Tik Tok star Bryce Hall earlier this year.
He trained with former world champion Regis Prograis for his boxing debut, and comfortably put away Hall
He’s expected to be KSI’s comeback opponent whenever the Brit is available to fight again, and could prove a worthy adversary if he keeps up his training.
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7. Faze Jarvis
British YouTuber Faze Jarvis has only fought once thus far, but he stole the show on the summer’s big YouTube vs Tik Tok card when he stopped Michael Le.
He now looks set to face Dubai-based influencer Rashed Belhasa, better known as “Money Kicks” in a big money bout in the Middle East.
He has been spotted training at Adam Booth’s gym in the UK, where he would be working with top fighters like Michael Conlan and Shannon Courtenay.
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8. Josh Brueckner
Another influencer who won’t be the best known to our readers, if this were an MMA list, Brueckner would be far and away number one on this list.
He’s only boxed once, which is why he’s so low on this list, but he’s arguably the best fighter in the YouTube scene given his MMA background.
4-2 as a professional, he has fought 13 times in the sport of MMA, including seven amateur wins on the bounce.
It remains to be seen if Brueckner will fight again, but he looked good in his boxing debut on the KSI vs Logan Paul 2 undercard, so we could see him rising up this list.
9. Logan Paul
We can’t leave Logan Paul off this list, but he’s also never won a fight so it’s hard to place him ahead of any of the men who have winning records.
He drew and lost his two bouts with KSI, although the second one was controversial as he had two points taken off for an illegal shot after knocking down the Brit.
And despite putting in an impressive showing against Floyd Mayweather, the YouTube star would have comfortably lost that bout had there been judges scoring it at ringside.
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10. Vinnie Hacker
Tik Tok star Hacker was given next to no chance when he met British YouTuber Deji Olatunji in their fight on the YouTube vs Tik Tok card this summer.
He had minimal boxing pedigree, and didn’t look great in the brief training footage that emerged before the bout.
But he looked composed and impressive given his level, and once he weathered an early storm from the unfit Olatunji, he was able to stop the Brit in the third round.