The Athletic Staff and Mike Coppinger
According to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger, YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have agreed to a boxing match.
Paul most recently won by knockout in the first round of their main event at the Triller Fight Club celebrity boxing event on April 17 against UFC veteran Ben Askren, who had a 19-2 MMA record. As a professional boxer, he is 3-0, including a November knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson. Showtime Sports just signed Paul, 24, to a multi-fight agreement.
Woodley, 39, is on a four-fight losing streak, with the past two losses coming by knockout. In March, he lost a submission battle to Vicente Luque in the UFC. Overall, Woodley has a professional MMA record of 19-7-1.
On June 6, his brother, Internet star Logan Paul, will battle Hall of Fame boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition battle that was originally scheduled for February 20 but was postponed. The fight will take place in Miami, Florida’s Hard Rock Stadium.
As a boxer, what has Paul demonstrated?
Boxing journalist Mike Coppinger says: You can laugh all you want, but most expert boxers will tell you that Paul isn’t terrible for a complete beginner. Paul proved against Askren that he can box methodically and use fundamentals to set up his shots. No one is claiming Paul is a member of the elite; far from it. With only three professional fights under his belt, he’s already proving to be a capable fighter and a box office bonanza.
How different will Paul’s challenge from Woodley be?