Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley: Fight predictions, expert picks
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley: Fight predictions, expert picks:jake Paul looks to continue building his career as a professional boxer on Sunday when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in Cleveland. Paul, a social media superstar, will be trying to run his record to 4-0 against Woodley, who is making his professional boxing debut.
The fight is expected to be the biggest challenge of Paul’s career after he picked up wins over a fellow social media influencer, a former NBA star and one of Woodley’s friends, former UFC fighter Ben Askren. While Paul made light work of Askren, Woodley is a far more dangerous striker who picked up some highlight-reel knockouts in his accomplished UFC career.
Woodley stopped Robbie Lawler with authority in 2016 to claim the 170-pound title before making four straight defenses of the belt against tough competition. But it was the rough end to his run with the promotion that led to this 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 in the first round. Now, at 39, Woodley looks to begin anew with the chance to shock many in the process.
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“He hasn’t shown me anything yet. Real recognize real. I don’t worry about what anyone on the outside is saying. I’m worried about bringing that action,” Woodley said at the final press conference. “I’m going crazy on Sunday. At the end of the day, it’s been a long time coming. I’m thankful for my team that’s supported me but I’m also thankful for everyone who counted me out. When everyone comes against you, it shows how powerful what you’re about to do is.”
This card also features some fun undercard bouts, including Amanda Serrano looking to defend her trio of titles against Yamileth Mercado at women’s featherweight. Serrano will be looking to tie the all-time record for knockouts by a woman, held by Christy Martin at 31. Plus, heavyweight Daniel Dubois makes his U.S. debut against Joe Cusumano, and the half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Tommy Fury, makes his U.S. PPV debut when he takes on Anthony Taylor. Fury, a star of British reality TV, could be a future opponent for Paul if both continue to pick up wins.
But first, Fury needs to get past Taylor, who is one of Paul’s training partners.
“If Taylor thinks I’ve overlooked him, he’s dead wrong. I’ve been grueling for eight weeks like I’m fighting for the world titles. Sunday night, I’ll get the job done, and then I can think about what could be next for me,” Fury said at the final press conference.
“Anthony Taylor can’t get off his phone and stop doing autographs. I haven’t been on my phone in five weeks. I’ve been living and training like a demon. I don’t care about fame, and I don’t care about money. All I want is to be a world champion.”
Below is the complete fight card for Sunday night with odds via Caesars Sportsbook.