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Published: 1/Jun/2021 15:29 Updated: 1/Jun/2021 15:48by Alan Bernal
YouTuber Jake Paul will fight former UFC champion Tyron Woodley after the two struck a deal for a boxing bout that should happen in late August.
The younger Paul brother has been tempting star athletes from boxing to MMA since his last fight against UFC fighter Ben Askren. Paul improved to 3-0 after similarly hyped events against former NBA player Nate Robinson and YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib.’
Paul’s progression has seen him defeat a fellow YouTuber, a world-class athlete, then a UFC veteran. Now the 24-year-old American will reportedly face off against former UFC champ Tyron Woodley to continue his career in boxing.
Sources: Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have agreed to a deal for a boxing match. Jake recently signed a multi-fight deal with Showtime. Friday face-off in Miami planned to promote the event. Paul coming off first-round KO of Ben Askren
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) May 31, 2021
The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger first reported the news on May 31, reporting that a deal between the YouTuber and former UFC welterweight champion had been struck.
Since then, it’s been confirmed that the two will square off in late August in a 190-pound contest.
Dear, @TWooodley thanks for being the second MMA fighter on my hit list.
August 28th the 5x UFC champion is getting knocked out by a Disney actor. pic.twitter.com/MHhMMp9EGl
— GOTCHA HAT (@jakepaul) June 1, 2021
Woodley, 39, has four UFC title defenses to his name but is coming off a loss by submission to Vicente Luque back in March.
Woodley would, undoubtedly, be the biggest threat to Paul’s unblemished record to date. The Chosen One has long been a preferred striking fighter in the UFC with seven wins by knockout throughout his career.
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Paul has faced mounting criticism of not wanting to get in the ring with a quality boxer who would be a good fit for him. While Woodley is coming from an MMA background, he could still be the most athletic fighter the YouTuber’s faced so far.
Meanwhile, older brother Logan Paul is set to face off against Floyd Mayweather in their exhibition match on June 6.
Both action sport upstarts have made a splash in boxing, with the Paul brothers’ biggest matchups coming up soon.