According to The Athletic, YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have agreed to a boxing bout. At the time of writing, the date and place are unclear. Paul and Woodley will face off on Friday in Miami to formally announce the fight, where Paul’s brother, Logan, will meet Floyd Mayweather Jr. in an exhibition bout on Sunday.
Paul won his last match by knockout in the first round at the Celebrity Boxing event hosted by Triller on April 17 against UFC veteran Ben Askren, who had a 19-2 MMA record. He is 3-0 as a professional boxer, including a November knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson. Paul, 24, recently agreed to terms with Showtime Sports on a multi-fight contract. Since his previous battle, the 24-year-old and Woodley have been exchanging insults. However, Paul is about to face his most difficult challenge yet.
Woodley, 39, is on a four-fight losing run, the past two of which were by stoppage. His most recent UFC fight was a submission loss to Vicente Luque in March. In his long UFC career, Woodley has defeated fighters like Darren Till, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson, and Carlos Condit. Woodley has a professional MMA record of 19 Wins, 7 Loses and 1 Draw. Woodley would be the most severe challenge to Paul’s immaculate record to date. With seven knockout victories in his career, The Chosen One has always favored a striking fighter in the UFC.
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Woodley will fight for the first time as a professional boxer. He won the UFC welterweight championship in July 2016 with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201. He defended his UFC welterweight title four times before losing to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019. Jake Paul has also been trading punches online with Usman, challenging him to a boxing bout. Woodley lost his next three fights, including a first-round submission loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 260 in March. That was the final fight on Woodley’s UFC contract, allowing him to pursue boxing.
On Monday, both Paul and Woodley teased the bout on social media ahead of a formal announcement.
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