Jake Paul takes on UFC legend Tyron Woodley next weekend in ‘The Problem Child’s toughest test to date: Everything to know ahead of the fight
- Jake Paul faces his toughest test yet in Tyron Woodley on Sunday, August 29
- The Problem Child knocked out former UFC champion Ben Askren in April
- He now faces another former UFC champion in American Woodley, 39
- The fight will take place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland
Jake Paul makes his return to the ring next weekend as he takes on his second former UFC champion, Tyron Woodley.
The 24-year-old YouTuber-turned boxer moved to 3-0 with a destructive first-round knockout win over Ben Askren in April, in what was meant to be ‘The Problem Child’s’ toughest challenge to date.
Although against largely untested opposition, Paul is yet to go past round two in any of his three bouts, with his brutal knockout win over basketballer Nate Robinson coming after another stoppage victory over fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib.
Former welterweight king Woodley, who has highly impressive wins over the likes of Darren Till and Robbie Lawler, represents a serious step up for Paul, being renowned for his striking skills and genuine punch power.
And unlike Askren, there appears to be genuine animosity between the pair, who have been involved in numerous verbal spars both before and after the fight was signed.
Meanwhile, there is a crammed undercard to enjoy before the main event, with the likes of Tommy Fury and Daniel Dubois in action.
With the match-up now swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Jake Paul (left) and Tyron Woodley (right) go head-to-head in Cleveland on August 29
The clash between Paul and Woodley is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Sunday, August 29 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland.
There could be 20,000 fans in attendance, with Paul fighting in his hometown for the first time.
Additionally, there is an abundance of action on the undercard, with Tommy Fury – who looks in line to face Paul should they both win – taking on MMA fighter Anthony Taylor.
Meanwhile, Daniel Dubois is making his US debut against Joe Cusumano, while unified featherweight world champion Amanda Serrano co-headlines the show against Yamileth Mercado.
How to watch the fight
The fight, which will be an eight-round cruiserweight contest, will get underway at around 4am on Sunday morning, for those in the UK.
Paul has left Triller to sign a reported two-fight deal with Showtime, who will broadcast the bout in the United States.
No UK broadcaster has yet picked up the bout, though it was FITE TV who broadcasted the American’s previous bout internationally, and that could be the case once more.
Paul vs Woodley: The records
Paul needed less than a round to defeat former UFC champion Ben Askren back in April
Woodley suffered his fourth-straight UFC loss with defeat to Vicente Luque in March
Height: 6ft 1in
Record: 3W, 0L, 0D
Height: 5ft 9in
Record: 19W, 7L, 1D (UFC)
Debut: 2009 (UFC)
Fight card in full
- Jake Paul v Tyron Woodley
- Amanda Serrano v Yamileth Mercado – for WBC, WBO and IBO World Featherweight titles
- Tommy Fury vs. Anthony Taylor
- Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Cusumano
- Ivan Barancyhk vs. Montana Love
- Charles Conwell v Lucas Brian Ariel Bastida
What’s been said?
As stated, there has been plenty of animosity between the pair, which will only continue until they finally settle their differences on fight night.
But amidst all the talk, Paul does recognise that the fight won’t be as easy as his previous affairs.
‘People forget that boxing is the first form of martial arts,’ he told MMA Fighting. ‘When the bell rings in MMA, it’s two guys standing on their feet.
‘It’s a skill that Tyron’s been practicing way longer than I have. However, I believe in my ability, I believe in my skill and just my natural talents. You’re either born with speed and knockout power, or you’re not. And I just so happen to have that.
‘No matter how good Tyron is, I’m gonna still go in there and get the W. But yeah, he is serious, and we’ve taken him more serious than any opponent thus far.’
The pair have been involved in numerous verbal bouts ahead of next weekend’s clash
Woodley has also engaged in his fair share of trash talk, though insisting he’s taking the fight seriously.
‘This is an opportunity for me to sprint into the boxing lane,’ Woodley said in the pre-fight press conference back in July. ‘But also, I’m preparing accordingly. I’m preparing if I was fighting Canelo [Alvarez]. I’m training like that right now.’
‘I’ve always really been a boxer in a wrestler’s body,’ Woodley said. ‘That’s really been my thing the whole time. I’ve always wanted to box. So, this is just my chance to go out there and have fun, be free and just let these hands go.’
Paul vs Woodley: The odds
Who would have thought Jake Paul would have been the overwhelming favourite in a boxing fight against Tyron Woodley?
Well, that’s where we are, with the 24-year-old the 4/7 favourite to get the win, with a draw at 20/1 and a Woodley victory at 5/4.
Paul to win by stoppage is at just 4/6, with a points win deemed less likely at 11/1. Woodley, meanwhile, is at 7/5 to win by stoppage and 18/1 on points.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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