Jake Paul will take the next step in his transition from YouTuber to a respected boxer when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in an eight-round boxing match at a 190-pound middleweight. The fight will take place in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on August 29.
Paul’s brief career is 3-0 with all three wins by knockout. Although his opponents have not been exactly considered dangerous and none have experience in hitting. Woodley has never boxed, but is recognized as the best forward Paul has faced by a fairly wide margin.
Woodley is heading into the fight after having had a successful MMA career that culminated in him becoming one of the greatest welterweight champions in UFC history. However, after starting his MMA career 19-3-1, Woodley suffered four consecutive losses and left the UFC following a submission loss to Vicente Luque in March.
But Woodley is confident that the transition to boxing and his bad blood with Paul will lead to victory. Will that happen or will Jake Paul continue to climb the ranks and remain one of the sport’s biggest draws?
Sporting News provides current odds and offers information on how to bet on Paul-Woodley.
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Paul vs. Woodley odds
- Jake Paul: -190
- Tyron Woodley: +148
- Draw: +2000
Based on FanDuel odds, Paul is the favorite at -190, which means it will take a bet of $ 190 to make a profit of $ 100. Woodley is currently a +148 underdog, so a bet of $ 100 for the former UFC champion would yield a profit of $ 148.
Pacquiao vs. Ugas prop betting
- Paul by (T) KO: -135
- Paul by decision: +900
- Woodley by (T) KO: +190
- Woodley by decision: +1200
Paul vs. Woodley prediction
This may seem like Jake Paul’s toughest test to date on paper, and it probably is. However, this might not be as difficult for an opponent as one would think. Although Woodley was an exceptional forward in his MMA career, everything is different when it comes to boxing. He is known for his right hand, but he will need to find a way to prepare that blow against an opponent who has only trained boxing for the last several years.
It is not an easy task.
Additionally, Paul will have a height, age, and size advantage over his opponent. In addition to being a 15-year-old, Paul will also have a four-inch height and two-inch reach advantage. The fight will be 190 pounds and Woodley has never competed above 170 pounds. That is a lot to overcome. Add in the fact that Woodley hasn’t won a fight in nearly three years, going 0-4 and not remotely competitive in the process, and there are even more questions about Woodley’s ability to successfully transition to a new sport. . Not to mention, he’s been out hit 327-114 in his four losses. That just won’t be enough.
One thing that is often underestimated is Paul’s dedication to his craft. Although he has yet to face a “real” fighter, Paul has shown a solid foundation that relies on an efficient jab setting up his other punches. And a jab is the only thing that is underutilized in MMA and most fighters struggle to deal with it.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Woodley could pull off the surprise, but there are simply too many advantages in Paul’s favor to ignore. The only real question is whether Paul will get another knockout or if he will eventually end up having his fight decided by all three judges outside the ring.
Woodley has only been knocked out once by strikes and that was in 2012 against Nate Marquardt. He hasn’t received many punishments, but boxing is just a completely different universe. If he hasn’t developed another weapon outside of the right hand, he will suffer having to eat a healthy punching diet until Paul lets go of his right hand to finish the fight. Woodley feels that it is too much to overcome and will eventually be stopped within the distance.
Sporting News Prediction: Jake Paul by (T) KO (-135)