Boxing: Jake Paul pulls another prank on Floyd Mayweather
Paul has agreed a deal to face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a boxing match, according to reports Stateside.
Sources have confirmed to The Athletic that the pair have agreed to the matchup, and are set to compete at an event at a date to be confirmed in due course.
Paul’s last outing saw him go toe to toe with former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren, who is renowned as a wrestler, but unheralded as a striker.
Paul scored a stunning first-round knockout to claim victory in their bout on April 17 at Triller Fight Club.
Since that win, Paul has attempted to goad a host of UFC personalities into fights with him.
Retired former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, former two-weight champion Conor McGregor and retired former two-division champ Daniel Cormier were all called out by Paul on social media.
Jake Paul is set to face Tyron Woodley under boxing rules
And Cormier even confronted Paul at cageside during the UFC 261 pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, Florida as the pair went face-to-face in a tense exchange between bouts at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
Paul’s older brother, Logan Paul, is set to step through the ropes for his second professional bout on June 6.
Logan, who lost his professional debut to fellow YouTuber KSI in November 2019, will take on 50-0 boxing legend Floyd Mayweather at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.
But to date, it has been Jake who has made the bigger success of his prizefighting career.
Jake, 24, made his professional boxing debut against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in January 2020, and knocked out the British vlogger in just two minutes, 18 seconds in Miami.
He then followed up that win with a huge second-round knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson last November at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“The Problem Child” then faced Askren in Atlanta, Georgia, and finished him in 119 seconds to score the fastest win of his career to date.
Now Paul is set to face Woodley, a former undisputed welterweight champion who fought in the octagon as recently as March.
However, Woodley’s form has dipped alarmingly since he lost the belt to current champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019.
Since his unanimous decision loss, Woodley has failed to register a victory inside the octagon, as he slumped into a four-fight losing skid.
He lost a decision to Brazilian contender Gilbert Burns, then was finished via injury TKO in the final round of his main event bout with former interim champion Colby Covington last September.
Most recently, Woodley initially looked refreshed and revitalised against rising contender Vicente Luque, but was then rocked, then submitted by the Brazilian at UFC 260 in March.
Now it has been reported that Woodley is set to face Paul under boxing rules, with the bout likely to present the toughest test of Paul’s fledgling boxing career.
Woodley, despite his poor form at the elite level of MMA, is a heavy-handed puncher with outstanding conditioning.
He’ll also fight with a sizeable chip on his shoulder.
Woodley is a longtime teammate of former Paul victim Askren, and will also be keen to bounce back from his own run of poor form.
Paul, whose latest two bouts have come under the Triller Fight Club banner, declared himself a free agent earlier this month before signing a multi-fight deal with U.S. pay-per-view giants Showtime.
The matchup may also mark the end of Woodley’s UFC career, with UFC-contracted fighters typically not permitted to partake in other combat sports events while under the terms of their active UFC deals.
The one notable exception was Conor McGregor, who took on Mayweather in a huge pay-per-view boxing event in August 2017 and eventually lost via 10th-round TKO.
Woodley, however, was already widely expected to be released from his UFC contract after suffering four successive losses in the octagon.