Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley fight: Social media star Jake Paul will take on one of the greatest UFC welterweights ever in Tyron Woodley on Sunday night on a Showtime PPV. Yes, you read that correctly. Paul — coming off a first-round KO of former UFC star Ben Askren — aims to remain unbeaten as a professional against the 39-year-old, who is making his boxing debut.
Also on the card: Unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano (40-1-1) against Yamileth Mercado (18-2), rising UK heavyweight star Daniel Dubois (16-1) versus Joe Cusumano (19-3) and the U.S. debut of Tommy Fury (6-0), the half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Stay with The Athletic all weekend for updates on the must-see event.
Serrano vs. Mercado up next
Now up: seven-division women’s champion Amanda Serrano (40-1-1, 30 KOs) vs. Mexico’s super-bantamweight champion Yamileth Mercado (18-2, 5 KOs) for WBC/WBO featherweight title. Serrano has trained with Jake Paul, and he lobbied for her spot in the co-main. Nice show of respect.
Watch Daniel Dubois’ domination
Well that didn’t last long. Dubois went in for his U.S. debut and absolutely put on a show. Check out the highlights below.
Daniel Dubois hints at next possible opponent
“The greatest is still to come,” Dubois said after the win. Looking at his power show, he said, “boom! boom! … Look at me now, I’m ready to go.” He says he might want a shot at WBA secondary champion Trevor Bryan and will definitely return quickly to the U.S. Now 17-1 with 16 KOs.
Daniel Dubois destroys Joe Cusumano
Cucumano down early in the first round on a big Dubois right hand. And now another flurry drops him again.And three massive right hands by Dubois ends it. “Welcome to America!” Showtime’s Mauro Ranallo roars on the broadcast to the prized young fighter.
Rising UK heavyweight star Daniel Dubois vs. Juiseppe Cucumano up next
Now up on the Paul-Woodley PPV is U.K. heavyweight Daniel Dubois making his American debut against Juiseppe Cucumano. Dubois (16-1) is seeking his second victory since he was defeated by countryman Joe Joyce, who broke Dubois’ orbital bone.
Montana Love defeats Ivan Baranchyk via 7th-round TKO
Montana Love flipped the script on what was supposed to be a return power display by former IBF 140-pound champion Ivan Baranchyk. A hard left-handed uppercut by Cleveland’s unbeaten Love flush to the face of Baranchyk convinced Baranchyk trainer Pedro Diaz to stop the fight in the corner after the seventh round. Love (16-0-1, 8 KOs) had withstood Baranchyk’s power attempts earlier, piling up rounds with impressive counterpunching and superb movement.
“Hopefully, I gained more fans tonight. We’ve been working on this uppercut in camp and we brought it to life. The game plan was to move. We know he doesn’t have any feet,” Love said. “It’s my time.” He called out undisputed champion Josh Taylor and two-division champion Gervonta Davis afterward.