Yesterday, it was reported that Jake Paul’s first fight with Showtime will be against UFC veteran Tyron Woodley, and now ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that indeed “both men have signed” for a 190-pound catchweight fight, with a current target date of Saturday, Aug. 28 on Showtime PPV.
It’s still expected that Paul and Woodley will do a face-off deal this coming Friday, June 4, probably attached to the Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul weigh-in.
Paul last fought on April 17, stopping Ben Askren in the first round in Atlanta. Woodley was there as part of Askren’s team and had a scene in the locker room, jawing some with Paul associate J’Leon Love.
More recently, Paul made astonishing headlines by taking a middle aged man’s ballcap.
Unlike Mayweather and Jake’s brother Logan, Jake’s fight with Woodley will once again be fully sanctioned, a legit fight. It still seems hard for a lot of people to differentiate, but while Jake’s not fighting at a very high pro level, they are pro fights, real fights, not exhibitions. They count on records and go through athletic commissions and all that. Mayweather and Logan are doing an exhibition, like Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr did last November.
This also means that Paul-Woodley would be on pay-per-view just seven days after the Manny Pacquiao-Errol Spence Jr pay-per-view, and at some point, this little pay-per-view bubble is bound to burst hard and blow up in boxing’s face. Fans are being asked to go into their pockets for a lot of extra money to see fights right now — we had Ruiz-Arreola on May 1, Mayweather-Paul this Sunday, Lopez-Kambosos on June 19 (and Chavez-Silva on June 19 if that interests you), Davis-Barrios on June 26, De La Hoya-someone on July 3 supposedly (consider me increasingly skeptical), Fury-Wilder 3 on July 24, Pacquiao-Spence on Aug. 21, and now this likely on Aug. 28, with it possible Canelo Alvarez’s next fight will be a Sept. 18 PPV if he rolls with PBC and FOX to fight Caleb Plant.