YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have agreed to an deal for a boxing match, sources reveal to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger.
Paul, 24, most as of late won by knockout against UFC veteran Ben Askren, who had a 19-2 MMA record, in the first round of their main event at the Triller Fight Club big name boxing occasion on April 17. He is 3-0 as an professional boxer, including a knockout of previous NBA player Nate Robinson last November. Paul as of late marked a multi-battle manage Showtime Sports.
Woodley, 39, is riding a four-battle losing streak, the last two by finish. His last battle with UFC was in March, an accommodation rout to Vicente Luque. Generally, Woodley flaunts a 19-7-1 expert MMA record.
His sibling, Internet character Logan Paul, is set to confront Hall of Fame confining boss Floyd Mayweather a show match on June 6, which was at first set for Feb. 20 preceding being deferred. The session will occur at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.
What has Paul appeared as a boxer?
Mike Coppinger, boxing writer: Laugh all you need, yet ask most expert fighters and they’ll advise you: Paul isn’t terrible for being a finished amateur. Against Askren, Paul showed that he can box patiently and set up his shots with basics. Nobody is saying Paul is world class; a long way from it. In any case, with only three genius battles added to his repertoire, he’s ending up being an competent boxer and a bonanza at the box office.
How different of a challenge will Woodley be for Paul?
Ben Fowlkes, MMA senior writer: Though the two of them came from the universe of wrestling, Woodley is certainly all the more a striking danger than Askren at any point was. The greatest distinction between them is one-punch power. Woodley has it ― seven of his 19 successes in MMA came through knockout, frequently set up by one major right hand ― while Askren never seemed very interested in developing that side of his game.
The inquiries that plagued Woodley at the finish of his UFC run for the most part centered on whether he actually had the desire and competitive fire. In any case, if there’s any individual who can stir up that inferno, one would need to figure it would be somebody like Paul.