Jake Paul wins latest bout in convincing fashion

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Jake Paul moved his record to 9-1 with a first-round knockout of Ryan Bourland on Saturday.

Paul used a balanced attack between head and body shots and needed only 2:37 to win.

Paul – who has recorded six KOs in his career – defeated Bourland in Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, where he is affectionately known as “El Gallo.” He came out wearing shredded red trunks.

“Man I felt good,” he said after the fight via Most Valuable Promotions. “I felt really sharp, fast, locked in, but I was just getting warmed up really. I am kind of disappointed to be honest. I want more, I want a challenge and we had someone with 20 fights and I just keep on getting these guys out of there in the first round. I train so hard, it’s a little bit disappointing for the fans as well.

“I want someone to test me so I can make some adjustments and show off some of my new skills. I didn’t really get to show anything. I did feel good, I just wanted more and we will go back to the drawing board and see who’s next,” said Paul, who grew up in Westlake and is involved in a myriad of endeavors from being a social-media personality via YouTube and TikTok, co-founding a gambling app and other endeavors.

With the loss, Bourland moves to 17-3, 6 KOs. He came out of retirement for the fight.

The Paul-Bourland match was not the main event. That spotlight was supposed to be on the fight between Puerto Rican native Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) and Nina Meinke (18-3, 4 KOs). But Serrano, the unified featherweight champion, was scratched following an eye injury she suffered a day earlier.

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