Jake Paul has confirmed he will fight Tyron Woodley on August 28 in just his fourth professional boxing bout.
Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion, has never boxed before but represents a serious step-up in quality for the 24-year-old YouTube personality.
The fight, which will be held at 190lbs, does not have a confirmed venue yet although it is understood this could be confirmed by the end of the week and will be in the US.
According to ESPN, it will be held in a 20×20 foot ring and both men will wear 10-ounce gloves. Leading American broadcaster Showtime will broadcast the event on pay-per-view.
Paul has three wins from his three professional fights thus far, knocking out fellow social media star AnEson Gib, NBA player Nate Robinson and then ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren in April.
Askren is close friends with Woodley, even helping oversee Jake Paul’s hands being wrapped in Atlanta before the fight, which is where the genesis of the rivalry began.
‘The Chosen One’ was released from the UFC earlier this year after four straight defeats, yet he will have the chance to get his revenge for that altercation in Atlanta.
“Easiest fight of my career & biggest purse of my career all in one night,” he told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “Basically, they brought me in to take out the trash.
“Can’t wait to shut this b**** up. This is getting done for the culture, the whole MMA/boxing community, to rid this guy of combat sports.”
After confirming the fight on his social media platforms, Paul asked older brother Logan for his advice in a YouTube video.
Logan Paul will face Floyd Mayweather this weekend in Miami and was not entirely enthused by his younger brother’s decision to face a former world champion.
“Tyron is strong,” Paul said. “He’s a good striker and was once the best welterweight in the history of the UFC.
“A worthy adversary for sure, are you up for that task?”