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Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley fight: odds and predictions

Jake Paul will put his undefeated professional record on the line aginst UFC welterweight Tyrone Woodley on Sunday night from Cleveland, Ohio.

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Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley fight: odds and predictions
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Every other month it seems like one of the Paul brothers, Jake or Logan, are headlining the sporting world as they continue to rattle off fight after fight against better and better opponents. It’s Jake that will be stepping into the ring this weekend, putting his undefeated record at stake against the former UFC Tyron Woodley.

Paul returns home for Woodley fight

Paul will be in front of his hometown audience, as he returns to Cleveland, Ohio to face the former UFC welterweight champion. The Rocket Mortage Fieldhouse will be the coliseum as these two gladiators go toe-to-toe for an eight round bout in the cruiserweight division.

The social media star has made a name for himself in the boxing world after starting his career in the ring a little more than three years ago. Since his fifth round technical knockout of British Youtuber Kenji Olatunji Paul has rolled through his opponents.

Quick KO's for Paul in brief boxing career

The Deji fight was his first and only amateur fight, since turning professional he is 3-0. His first pro fight was against another social media influencer, AnEsonGib. Paul and AnEsonGib co-featured the WBO world middleweight bout between Demetrius Andrade and Luke Keeler. Paul knocked out the Youtuber in the first round.

Neither of his next two fights went past two rounds. The heavy handed Paul KO’ed former NBA star Nate Robinson at 1:24 in the second round in July of 2020. The memeified KO sent shockwaves around the boxing world and people started to take the Paul bros more seriously.

Retired Bellator MMA champion Ben Askren was next up, and once again Paul ended it early with a big blow stunned Askren. The younger Paul brother won that fight by TKO at 1:59 of the first round.

Woodley will no question be toughest test yet

Woodley may be 39 years old, but he is still in fantastic shape, which couldn’t be said of Askren. The Missouri native has been lef go from UFC after losing  his last bout March of this year. Woodley is a four time welterweight champion in the UFC with his first belt coming back in 2016. After defending his title in four straight fights, Kamaru Usman dethroned Woodley in March of 2019.The former champ has lost four straight including the Usman loss.

Jake Paul is the slight favorite in the days leading up to the fight, as the oddsmakers at BET365. com have Paul as the favorite at -200 while Woodley is +150.

What the fighting world expects on Sunday

Legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas predicted the influencer will come out on top by night’s end Sunday “Paul’s the bigger guy. He’s strong. [He] has that advantage and he has the opportunity to throw, which is a decent right hand that he possesses. He’s got the opportunity to throw it and land it because of the style of Woodley and the mistakes of Woodley.

"[Woodley] stands straight up." Atlas continuted saying,  "He’s predicable. He throws that slow jab. He throws it halfway out. He lets you get close. Paul’s got a good right hand. He’s going to land the right hand. So bad news is, Paul is going to knock him out.

UFC star Jorge Masvidal has a different take, saying "I know Jake's never been in there with a guy like that, that's explosive, that's a good athlete, and has a ton of experience over him. If Jake wins, f---ing wow. My hat's off to him. I was wrong. I don't know shit about fighting, right? But chances are Woodley's going to knock him the f--- out."

Jake is without question the most outspoken and controversial of the Paul brothers and he has had plenty to say about Woodley in the lead up to the bout. We will see if he can back the talk up against Woodley on Sunday night in Cleveland.