Tonight’s Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz Fight is available on ESPN+, a subscription many fight fans already have. The Diaz fight will cost an additional $59.99 over the base ESPN+ subscription.
Jake Paul, the YouTube star turned professional boxer, has become one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports. He has called out some of the biggest names in the UFC, and even taken shots at UFC boss, Dana White. Not everyone loves Jake Paul, he’s been famously roasted on SNL for fighting aging fighters, well past their primes, who are a weight class smaller than him.
But love him, or hate him, people are watching Jake Paul fight.
Paul’s first fight with the former MMA star, Tyron Woodley, is estimated to have sold $500,000 PPV buys, an impressive number, even if it falls short of Paul’s exaggerated claims about interest in the fight.
Paul’s recent KO of Woodley, in Paul vs. Woodley 2, was entertaining, if not sad for Woodley, a once proud UFC welterweight champion.
I streamed the Paul vs. Woodley 2 fight from my MacBook and, in the lead up to the fight, saw some less than stellar recommendations for the best way to stream Paul’s fights.
In this post, I will walk you through the easiest and cheapest way to stream Jake Paul fights without overpaying and signing up for a new subscription.
Jake Paul has a contract with Showtime Boxing
Jake Paul has a contract with Showtime Boxing. Rather than subscribing to a live TV streaming service, the fastest, and cheapest, way to stream any of Paul’s fights is to buy them direct from Showtime.
Formerly with Triller Fight Club, Jake Paul now has a contract with Showtime Boxing.
This means all of Paul’s fights through 2022, and possibly beyond, will be airing on Showtime.
Here is the problem for cord cutters: you can’t subscribe to a live TV streaming service that offers Showtime as a premium option and get Paul’s PPV fights included with your subscription.
There are two important rules to understand for Showtime Boxing PPV events, both of which are made clear on the Showtime website:
- You CAN purchase Showtime Boxing events, including Jake Paul’s fights, a la carte, without a Showtime subscription
- Each PPV event is charged in addition to your Showtime subscription
Stream Jake Paul fights for a one time charge of $59.99
In the lead up to the last Jake Paul fight, a number of live TV streaming services were publishing blogs on “how to stream the Jake Paul fight.” Of course, this is just good marketing. Jake Paul is a draw and some live TV streaming services offer a Showtime upgrade, so it makes sense they would use the fight as an opportunity to tout their services to new subscribers. But here’s the thing:
You don’t need a live TV streaming subscription to watch Jake Paul fights.
From sign-up to stream, it took me less than 2 minutes to buy the Paul fight from the Showtime website as a one-off purchase of $59.99.
If you were to subscribe to a streaming service like Sling TV just to get the Jake Paul fight, the yearly cost would be $540 (Sling Orange + Showtime at $45 per month) plus the PPV fee of $59.99. All in you’d be paying $600 over the course of a year. Of course if you are looking for a live TV streaming provider, this is actually a good deal. Some providers, like Hulu and YouTube TV can be more expensive.
But, if your only goal is to stream just Jake Paul’s fight, the easiest, and most cost-effective way is to head to Showtime Boxing and buy the fight on-off.