On Sunday night, Tyron Woodley will look to end the hype of the Jake Paul boxing experiment when the two men step into the ring in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The action goes down at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime pay-per-view.
Paul, the YouTube influencer-turned boxer, is looking to remain perfect in his professional carer against his most dangerous opponent yet. Woodley is a former UFC champion and one of the best welterweights in mixed martial arts history. Woodley is also a far more accomplished striker than Paul’s previous opponent, Ben Askren, another UFC veteran.
Four more fights fill out the rest of the main card on Sunday night. Kicking things off will be a potential future opponent for Paul in the form of Tommy Fury. He’s the younger half brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who rose to fame on British reality TV series “Love Island” as the runner up. Fury is 6-0 with four knockouts so far in his burgeoning career and a heavy favorite to beat Anthony Taylor. Plus, unified women’s featherweight champion Amanda Serrano is back when she takes on Yamileth Mercado in the co-main event.
Below is the complete fight card as well as how you can catch all the action on Sunday night live on Showtime PPV.
Paul vs. Woodley fight card, odds
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, 190-pound catchweight (eight rounds)
Amanda Serrano (c) vs. Yamileth Mercado, unified women’s featherweight titles (12 rounds)
Daniel Dubois vs. Joe Cusumano, heavyweight (10 rounds)
Ivan Baranchyk vs. Montana Love, welterweight (10 rounds)
Tommy Fury vs. Anthony Taylor, cruiserweight (six rounds)
Paul vs. Woodley info
Date: Aug. 29 | Start time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — Cleveland, Ohio
TV: Showtime PPV on all traditional cable and satellite providers | Live stream: Showtime.com or the Showtime App
Paul vs. Woodley predictions
Brian Campbell: Woodley represents the toughest challenge of Paul’s brief pro career by a wide margin, meaning this remains a fight that either could win by knockout, seemingly at any time. Given that unpredictability, many of the advantages Woodley could bring as a boxer might not come into play should Paul succeed at making it a war from the jump. Expect Paul to truly get tested here and possibly end up needing to rise off the canvas for the first time. Yet it’s a brief shootout that could be the perfect outcome to make the most of Paul’s strength in a potentially dangerous fight. Paul, who is 15 years younger than Woodley, will use his four-inch height and natural weight advantages to win a thriller. Pick: Paul via TKO3.
Brent Brookhouse: Size is not getting enough attention in the lead-up to this fight. Paul has massive physical advantages in addition to having spent far more time purely dedicated to boxing than Woodley, who has certainly trained striking longer, but in a context of having to worry about kicks, takedowns and submissions. MMA striking is not boxing and that does matter. Woodley has power but even so, it’s been more than five years since he scored a knockout in MMA, facing smaller opponents and wearing smaller gloves. In his last UFC bout, Woodley managed to show some life offensively, trying to bring the fight to Vicente Luque before he was taken out and finished in the first round. If Woodley doesn’t bring that same level of forward pressure against Paul and instead reverts to his worst fighting instincts of passively moving backward trying to time a single overhand right, this fight is not going to be the test most think it will be. Woodley is older, smaller and was chosen as Paul’s opponent for a very clear reason.