Boxing: Jake Paul pulls another prank on Floyd Mayweather
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’s last fight was his last under his UFC contract, leaving him as a free agent, and with the American’s decision to head into a fight with a YouTuber, it may well mark the end of his career as a UFC fighter with a return to the octagon now looking unlikely, at best.
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