Jake Paul Is Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Breakout Boxer of the Year

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By Chris Mannix Just five fights into his professional boxing career, the 24-year-old lightning rod has elevated the sport while skipping its outdated ladder to success. Jake Paul isn’t chasing championships, no matter how much you want him to, no matter how many times you scream that it’s the only way to validate him. He isn’t rushing to fight “real boxers,” as Claressa Shields, Tony Bellew and Sergio Mora have suggested. He doesn’t care if you call him a “Disney kid” (Kamaru Usman) or urge Paul, 24, to fight guys his own age (Dana White). “An experienced fighter in his own weight class will …

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