If there’s anyone who can exemplify how to make a seamless transition from wrestling to a combat sports career, it’s Jake Paul. Paul enters his fourth professional boxing match with an unblemished 3-0-0 record, where he’ll take on ex-UFC fighter Tyron Woodley. Woodley is more than likely Jake’s toughest opponent yet, but the good news is Jake still comes into this match a heavy favorite.
It’s well known Mr. Paul comes from a strong wrestling background. Him and his brother Logan wrestled in high school in the state of Ohio, a wrestling hotbed. Both forewent their college eligibility to be Vine and YouTube stars before quickly returning to combat sports, where they currently compete in boxing. Logan is just coming off of going the distance with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, and Jake has won every professional match so far by KO or TKO. It has been captivating to see the Paul brothers leverage their wrestling ability to catapult themselves into mainstream attention, competing on the biggest PPV streams that boxing or any other card has ever seen. The huge strides these two have made in boxing in such a short time demonstrate what a strong foundation wrestling can build for people looking to go into MMA after wrestling.
Jake’s opponent Tyron Woodley is no slouch either. Once the UFC Welterweight Champion, it appears as though Woodley’s career could be on its descent. Losing his last four fights, Woodley departed from the UFC and now looks to enter his boxing era. However, it’s a tough draw for Woodley to make his debut against the undefeated Jake Paul. Paul has been the boxing gatekeeper for many MMA Champions, assassinating former Bellator Champ Ben Askren with a first round knockout in his last match. It will be interesting to see where Woodley sizes up with the former wrestler.
Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley are set to face off in Cleveland, OH at the Rocket Mortgage Field House. They will be the main event on a 6-match card that starts at 7PM CST, Sunday evening. The fight will be broadcast on Showtime, and the pay-per-view can be purchased on showtime.com or on the Showtime app.