The fight is set to be the biggest challenge of Paul’s career after scoring victories over another social media influencer, a former NBA star and one of Woodley’s friends, UFC veteran Ben Askren. While Paul did a light job on Askren, Woodley is a much more dangerous forward who has won knockouts during his accomplished UFC career.
“When I first started boxing I didn’t think I would be here so quickly. My initial goal was to fight Conor McGregor or Floyd Mayweather, because I knew I would have a pretty big pay-per-view to do these things. Now I want to become world champion. I want to fight and beat Canelo Alvarez. It’s been a quick and fast roller coaster ride, but I didn’t expect to be here. I just knew I liked to fight and I knew I was good at it, ”Paul said at the final press conference.
“Tyron Woodley is ‘the chosen one’, we chose him to get his ass pounded. None of his accomplishments mattered Sunday night. I send him to retirement and turn him into a meme. People will see all my skills. People are going to be surprised. I haven’t shown anything yet. I could go out left-handed. It’s my go-out party.
Woodley stopped Robbie Lawler with authority in 2016 to win the 170-pound title before making four straight belt defenses against fierce competition. But it was the difficult end of his race with the promotion that led to this opportunity. Woodley has lost his last four fights in the UFC, appearing extremely passive in three before going bankrupt in his last appearance in March and being stopped in the first round. Now at 39, Woodley seems to be starting over with the chance to shock many in the process.
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“He hasn’t shown me anything yet. The real recognizes the real. I don’t care what someone outside says. I’m worried about taking this action, ”Woodley said at the final press conference. “I’m going crazy on Sunday. In the end, it was a long time coming. I’m grateful to my team who supported me, but I’m also grateful to everyone who left me out. When everyone comes up against you, it shows how powerful what you are about to do is. “
This map also features some fun fights below the map, including Amanda Serrano looking to defend her trio of titles against Yamileth Mercado at the female featherweight. Serrano will be looking to tie the all-time record for female knockouts held by Christy Martin at 31. Additionally, heavyweight Daniel Dubois makes his US debut against Joe Cusumano and heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s half-brother Tommy Fury makes his US PPV debut when he faces Anthony Taylor. Fury, a British reality TV star, could be a future opponent for Paul if the two continue to score victories.
Below is the full fight card for Sunday night with odds via Caesars Sportsbook.
Fight card, odds
- Jake Paul -210 vs. Tyron Woodley +175, variable weight 190 pounds (eight rounds)
- Amanda Serrano (c) -3000 vs Yamileth Mercado +1300, unified women’s featherweight titles
- Daniel Dubois -3500 vs. Joe Cusumano +1 400, heavyweight (10 rounds)
- Ivan Baranchyk -190 v Montana Love +160, welterweight (10 rounds)
- Tommy Fury -1500 contre Anthony Taylor +850, cruiserweight (six tours)
- Date: August 29 | Start time: 8 p.m. ET (main card)
- Site: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse — Cleveland, Ohio
- TV: Showtime PPV on all traditional cable and satellite providers | Direct: Showtime.com or the Showtime application | Price: $59.99
Predictions Paul vs Woodley
Brian Campbell : Woodley is by far the toughest challenge in Paul’s brief professional career, which means it remains a fight either one could win by knockout, seemingly at any time. Given this unpredictability, many of the perks Woodley could bring as a boxer might not come into play if Paul succeeded in making it a jumping war. Expect Paul to be really tested here and maybe end up needing to step off the web for the first time. Still, it’s a brief shootout that could be the perfect outcome to make the most of Paul’s strength in a potentially dangerous fight. Paul, who is 15 years younger than Woodley, will use his four inch height and natural weight to win a thriller. Choice: Paul via TKO3
Brent Brookhouse : Size doesn’t get enough attention in preparation for this fight. Paul has tremendous physical benefits besides having spent a lot more time purely dedicated to boxing than Woodley, who has certainly trained to hit longer, but in a context of having to worry about kicks, strikeouts. and submissions. MMA hitting is not boxing and it does matter. Woodley has power but even so, it’s been over five years since he scored a knockout in MMA, facing smaller opponents and wearing smaller gloves. In his last fight in the UFC, Woodley managed to show some offensive life, trying to bring the fight to Vicente Luque before he was knocked out and finished in the first round. If Woodley doesn’t exert the same level of forward pressure against Paul and instead reverts to his worst fighting instincts of passively backing down trying to time a single forehand, this fight won’t be the test most believe it is. ‘he will be. Woodley is older, smaller, and was chosen as Paul’s opponent for a very clear reason. Choice: Paul via KO2
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