Today, Most Valuable Promotions announced its signing of teenage phenom and one of America’s top boxing prospects, Ashton ‘H20’ Sylve. Fighting at 126 pounds as a super featherweight, Sylve holds the impressive record of 7-0 with seven knockouts. The promotion company founded by Jake Paul and Nakisa Bidarian in 2021 will utilize Paul’s viral content creation and marketing genius and Bidarian’s media, sports and finance acumen, to advise Sylve on brand building, content creation, and marketing of events.
The Long Beach, California native has captured the attention of the boxing world since his pro debut at the young age of 16 after realizing his passion for the sport at 6-years-old when he was known as Superman Sylve. With more social media followers than all but three of the top ten ranked super featherweights, Sylve encompasses what the modern athlete strives to be. Sylve is a 10- time National Amateur Champion and 2-time International Champion with more than 100 amateur wins. His nickname ‘H20’ stems from his fluid style and demeanor in the ring. Sylve currently trains under his father, Ivan Sylve at Jack Rabbit Gym in Long Beach, CA and has sparred with countless top pro-boxers, including four-division World Champion Leao Santa Cruz and Shawn Porter.
On May 21st, Sylve will headline his next fight in his hometown of Long Beach, CA. The highly-anticipated bout comes on the heels of his most recent victory against a much more experienced opponent in Aldimar Silva, where he won by a spectacular KO in the second round. In addition to his boxing career, Sylve is an honour student and Senior in high school who is graduating this summer. Sylve has his sights set on building out his career as a pro athlete and making a meaningful impact on the sport.
“Athletes like Sylve are the reason Nakisa and I started MVP and it’s a privilege to act as his advisor during such a pivotal point in his career,” said Paul. “He represents what athletes can and should be, focused on building your brand and your skills. Sylve has all the ingredients to be a superstar in boxing and MVP is going to help him to do it in record time.”
“We started MVP last year with a vision and a dedication to the sport of boxing. After signing Amanda Serrano and producing multiple, successful boxing events, we are taking the next step in building our roster with the signing of one of boxing‘s most coveted prospects. Ashton ‘H2O’ Sylve has a gift and is an admirable athlete that represents all things our company hopes to promote and accomplish. We look forward to working together with Ashton, Ivan and his current advisor, Reza Torkzadeh, as he takes this next step in his career” said Bidarian.
“Jake Paul has proven he is a force in boxing as a fighter and as a talent advisor in a very short amount of time. Following his career from YouTube star to top pro boxer has inspired me on my own journey. He stands up for what he believes is right and is working everyday to better boxing for all athletes. To be on the receiving end of MVP’s advice will only help me get to where I want to go quicker and I’m thankful to Jake and Nakisa for believing in my vision and to Reza for making this a reality” said Sylve.
Built on the premise that content is king, and fighters are the creators of the content in martial arts, MVP was founded to identify, grow, and maximize exposure of events and the talent it partners with. One of the most successful and iconic creators in the world, Paul has one of the largest followings on YouTube, with 68.6 million followers across his digital platforms – creating an invaluable built-in marketing system that coordinates with his efforts in the ring. His co-founder, the former CFO of UFC, former CEO and Co-Founder of Fertitta Capital and founder of BAVAFA Sports, Bidarian, has demonstrated a deep understanding of corporate finance, content creation and operational strategy working together to build successful businesses.
Together, Paul and Bidarian have architected Jake Paul’s meteoric rise in combat sports. In 2021, MVP signed one of the most decorated Hispanic athletes of all time, Amanda Serrano. After signing, Serrano was named the co-main event at Paul vs. Woodley II and is now headlining at Madison Square Garden in April 2022 against the legendary Katie Taylor. The event marks a pivotal point in women’s sports history as the fight will be the first time women have faced off in a main event at the world-renowned venue in New York City.