Jake Paul is likely to face the toughest opponent of his brief professional boxing career, when he takes on former Tyron Woodley in an eight-round clash on Saturday August 28 as a strong favourite on the pro boxing futures odds. Paul has gone undefeated in his first three pro fights, capped by a first-round TKO win over former UFC star Ben Askren earlier this year. However, he has yet to face a fighter with the pedigree of Woodley, who has spent the past 12 years as a professional mixed martial artist, including a two-year reign as UFC welterweight champion.
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Paul Earning Credibility in Boxing Circles
Jake Paul has taken the boxing world by storm since making his professional debut in early 2020. After disposing of fellow YouTube personality AnEsonGib in the first round of a celebrity boxing matchup that was more of a curiosity than a sports event, the 24-year-old turned heads with his performance on the undercard of last fall’s exhibition tilt between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., knocking out former NBA star Nate Robinson in the first round.
“This kid punched the s— out of Ben, man.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 18, 2021
Paul subsequently upped the ante with his clash against Ben Askren, a veteran of 22 professional MMA contests. And once again, Paul emerged victorious, finishing Askren in just 119 seconds. Now enjoying his sudden newfound credibility, the 24-year-old has also won over the oddsmakers ahead of his date with Woodley, with a $20 bet at Bet99 (1.61) on Paul earning the win paying out just $32.20.
Iron Mike, GSP Predicting Paul Victory
It is not just the oddsmakers who have liked what they have seen from the controversial social media influencer. Among the fighters that have gone public with a prediction favouring Paul is Mike Tyson. The legendary former heavyweight champion has been impressed with Paul’s striking ability and believes that many observers underestimate him because of his background and appearance.
GSP feels Jake Paul has a chance to beat Tyron Woodley, when the two fight on August 28th. 🥊 pic.twitter.com/CbAqP2P7Iw
— CageChat MMA (@CageChatMMA) July 6, 2021
Canadian MMA superstar and former UFC champion George St-Pierre agrees with Iron Mike. GSP has astutely pointed out that success in the octagon does not necessarily translate into success in the squared circle, and believes massive size advantage will work in Paul’s favour. That has been the case so far in each of Paul’s first three fights, with the Ohio native showing surprising skill in the ring.
Woodley Entering Unfamiliar Territory
Woodley is not without his supporters as he gets set to make his pro boxing debut as a lengthy underdog, with a $20 bet at Betsafe (2.10) potentially paying out $42. A gold medal-winning wrestler during his days at the University of Missouri, Woodley also sports a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
27 year old Tyron Woodley in his 4th pro fight. This was back when he was a wrestling coach at ATT Coconut Creek. pic.twitter.com/WjwAnDnMmh
— schwick (@schwick6) March 18, 2021
But while those particular sets of skills may not necessarily help him in the ring against Paul, each of Woodley’s past three opponents believes that the 39-year-old should not be underestimated.
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Former Opponents Expect Woodley to Land Knockout Punch
Vicente Lucque dealt Woodley a first-round submission loss when they went head-to-head earlier this year at UFC 260. However, Lucque maintains huge respect for the former champion and expects him to hand Paul his first-ever defeat with a knockout inside three rounds.
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) July 30, 2021
Colby Covington escaped with a fifth-round TKO win over Woodley at UFC Vegas 11. However, he concurs with Lucque’s prediction, recently stating that he believes Woodley can end Paul’s night with one punch. Indeed, Woodley enjoys an impressive track record as a pro mixed martial artist, with seven of his 19 career wins coming by TKO or knockout. Not bad for a wrestler.
Desperation Makes Woodley Dangerous
If Lucque’s prediction is correct, it could mean a big payday for sports bettors loyal to Woodley. A $20 bet at Betway (12.00) on “The Chosen One’ recording a third-round finish pays out a tantalizing $240, while a wager on Woodley winning by decision returns a hefty $300. While those wagers are only for sports bettors with strong stomachs, there is no denying the value that Woodley offers at the sportsbooks.
“He’s 39 and that’s four [losses] in a row.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 28, 2021
Now winless in four fights, a streak that began with his crushing unanimous loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 that cost his UFC welterweight crown, Woodley brings something to the ring that Paul has yet to see in an opponent – desperation. Woodley simply cannot afford to see the longest losing streak of his combat sports career extend to his clash with Paul. That is likely to emerge as a massive factor in this fight and adds huge value to the odds at Betway (2.37) of Woodley finishing Paul, with a $20 bet returning $47.40.