Whatever’s happening over in the world of boxing clearly isn’t stopping anytime soon as notorious YouTube star Jake Paul agrees to a boxing match against former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley – now slated for an August 29th fight date.
After defeating Woodley’s longtime teammate and retired MMA star/world-class wrestling talent Ben Askren in a stunning first-round upset, the younger Paul brother signed a multi-fight deal with Showtime Sports rumoured to be valued north of eight figures. At this stage, Jake Paul boasts a professional boxing record of 3-0, having also bested ex-NBA veteran Nate Robinson and fellow YouTuber Ali Eson Gib.
While Paul is on the rise in this regard, Tyron Woodley’s combat sports career has been experiencing something of a decline in the past few years. Woodley hasn’t tasted victory since 2018, failing to prevail against the likes of current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington, and Vincente Luque. Just recently, he was released from the Dana White-run promotion with a professional record of 19-7-1.
“This will be the hardest fight I’ve had, the toughest opponent by far, the most known opponent,” Paul writes on Instagram.
“We will break another boxing PPV record.”
Woodley isn’t taking the coming challenge lightly, either. Earlier this month, it was reported T-Wood had taken up undefeated former 15-time world champion Floyd Mayweather – who recently faced off with Jake’s older brother, Logan Paul – on his offer to help prepare. The confirmation that this wasn’t merely another empty gesture also came via Instagram.
“Bank robbery in progress,” Woodley posted.
“Y’all fucked up! It’s stuck now.”
Come August 28th, the Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley fight will go down at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, located in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The bout is to take place at the 190-pound weight division. Hopefully, a modicum of justice will be served, but based on the recent trend, we wouldn’t count on it… Paul has opened as the betting favourite at -130 odds.