A significant step-up in quality.
Jake Paul has made no secret of his plans to target mixed martial artists as he continues his journey through the world of professional boxing and his next bout will reportedly see him share the ring with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Paul continues to ruffle feathers for several reasons but he is making substantially more money than any other professional boxer with a record of 3-0.
The YouTube star most recently knocked out former UFC welterweight Ben Askren in spectacular fashion and he now looks to be moving up a level by boxing Askren’s former teammate, Woodley.
Woodley, who held the UFC’s 170lbs title for three years, fought his last bout for the promotion earlier this year, leaving the UFC with four straight defeats.
But Woodley is a much more accomplished striker than Askren, leading many to suggest that he will represent a much sterner challenge for the polarising figure that is Paul.
Paul teased news of his next fight but the official announcement was preempted by The Athletic with a report revealing that Paul and Woodley had agreed to a boxing match, likely later this year.
Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
Paul opened as a betting favourite over Woodley and the odds continue to widen in Paul’s favour.
“This will be the hardest fight I’ve had, the toughest opponent by far, the most known opponent,” Paul wrote on his Instagram. “We will break another boxing PPV record.”
FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW
— GOTCHA HAT (@jakepaul) May 31, 2021
Paul made his boxing debut last year and he has knocked out all three of his opponents inside two rounds.
Woodley has never boxed before but he has been a professional mixed martial artist for over a decade and he has knocked out his opponents in seven of his 19 career wins.
UFC President Dana White recently threatened legal action against Paul if he continued targeting fighters on his roster but with Woodley no longer contracted to the UFC, he was quickly identified as a candidate to share the ring with Paul next.