Jake Paul looks to continue building his career as a knowledgeable boxer on Sunday when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Cleveland. Paul, a social media superstar, is going to be trying to run his record to 4-0 against Woodley, who is making his boxing debut.
The fight is predicted to be the most important challenge of Paul’s career after he picked up wins over a fellow social media influencer, a former NBA star, and one among Woodley’s friends, former UFC fighter Ben Askren. While Paul made light work of Askren, Woodley may be a much more dangerous striker who picked up some highlight-reel knockouts in his accomplished UFC career.
“When I started boxing, I didn’t think I’d be here this fast. My original goal was to fight Conor McGregor or Floyd Mayweather because I knew I might have an enormous enough pay-per-view draw to try to do those things. Now I would like to become a world champion. I would like to fight and beat Canelo Alvarez. This has been a quick, quick roller coaster ride, but I didn’t expect to be here. I just knew I loved fighting and that I knew I used to be good at it,” Paul said at the ultimate news conference.
“Tyron Woodley is ‘The Chosen One’, we chose him to urge his ass beat. None of his accomplishments matter on Sunday night. I’m sending him into retirement and turning him into a meme. People are getting to see all of my skills. People are getting to be surprised. I have never shown anything yet. I’d begin southpaw. this is often my beginning party.”
Woodley stopped Robbie Lawler authoritatively in 2016 to say the 170-pound title before making four straight defenses of the belt against tough competition. But it had been the rough end to his run with the promotion that led to the present opportunity. Woodley lost his final four bouts in UFC, looking extremely passive in three before going for broke in his final appearance in March and getting stopped within the first round. Now, at 39, Woodley looks to start anew with the prospect to shock many within the process. Four more fights fill out the remainder of the most card on Sunday night.
Kicking things off is going to be a possible future opponent for Paul within the sort of Tommy Fury. He’s the younger half-brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who rose to fame on the British reality TV series “Love Island” because of the runner-up. Fury is 6-0 with four knockouts thus far in his burgeoning career and an important favorite to beat Anthony Taylor. Plus, unified women’s featherweight champion Amanda Serrano is back when she takes on Yamileth Mercado within the co-main event.
One of the bouts that are flying under the radar may be a welterweight contest between Ivan Baranchyk and Montana Love. Baranchyk is coming off of the 2020 Fight of the Year during which he was stopped by Jose Zepeda in October. The fight featured a whopping eight knockdowns with each fighter scoring four. Zepeda scored the seminal blow of the fight within the fifth round when he sent Baranchyk plummeting to the canvas. Now, the native of Belarus looks to urge back within the win column against Love, who is undefeated at 15-0-1 with seven knockouts in his career.