Jake Paul will take the next step on his path from YouTuber to respected boxer when he meets former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in an eight-round boxing match with a catchweight of 190 pounds. The fight will take place on August 29th in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
Paul’s short career stands at 3-0, with all three wins being knockout. Although his opponents were not considered dangerous, as none had a background in storming. Woodley has never boxed before, but he is considered the best striker Paul faced by a fairly wide margin.
Woodley goes into battle after a successful MMA career that culminated in becoming one of the best welterweight champions in UFC history. However, after starting his MMA career 19-3-1, Woodley suffered four straight losses and left the UFC after a submission loss to Vicente Luque in March.
But Woodley is confident that the move to boxing and his bad blood with Paul will lead him to a win. Will that happen, or will Jake Paul continue climbing the ranks and remaining one of the biggest draws in the sport?
Sporting News has the latest odds and insight into how to bet on Paul-Woodley.
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Paul vs. Woodley odds
- Jake Paul: -190
- Tyron Woodley: +148
- Draw: +2000
According to FanDuel odds, Paul is the favorite at -190, which means it would take a stake of $ 190 to make a $ 100 profit. Woodley is currently an underdog of +148, so a $ 100 bet on the former UFC champion would produce a profit of $ 148.
Pacquiao vs. Ugas Prop betting
- Paul von (T) KO: -135
- Paul after decision: +900
- Woodley from (T) KO: +190
- Woodley by decision: +1200
Paul vs. Woodley prediction
On paper, this seems like Jake Paul’s toughest test yet, and it probably is. However, this shouldn’t be as difficult for an opponent as one might think. Although Woodley was an exceptional striker in his MMA career, everything is different in boxing. He’s known for his right of overhand, but he needs to find a way to take this punch against an opponent who has only trained boxing for the past few years.
It is not an easy task.
In addition, Paul has a size, age and size advantage over his opponent. In addition to being 15 years young, Paul will also benefit from four inches of height and two inches of reach. The fight will be fought at a catchweight of 190 pounds and Woodley has never fought over 170 pounds. There is a lot to overcome. Sprinkle the fact that Woodley hasn’t won a fight in nearly three years – 0-4 and not remotely competitive – and there are more questions about Woodley’s ability to successfully transition into a new sport. Not to mention that in his four losses he beat 327-114. That’s just not enough.
One thing that is regularly underestimated is Paul’s dedication to his craft. While he’s not yet faced a “real” fighter, Paul has demonstrated a solid foundation built on an efficient thrust that aligns his other punches. And a jab is the only thing that is underutilized in MMA and most fighters struggle to handle it.
It is not out of the realm of possibility that Woodley could create the surprise, but there are just too many advantages in Paul’s favor to ignore. The only real question is whether Paul will get another knockout or whether he will finally let his fight be decided by the three judges outside the ring.
Woodley was only knocked out by strikes once and that was against Nate Marquardt in 2012. He didn’t punish much, but boxing is just a whole different universe. Unless he has developed another weapon outside of the upper hand right, he must eat healthy food until Paul unleashes the right hand to end the fight. It just feels too much for Woodley to overcome and he is eventually stopped in the distance.
Sporting News prediction: Jake Paul von (T) KO (-135)