Tonight is the night big-time boxing returns to Northeast Ohio. And, as a surprise to just about everyone, it’s all led by Jake Paul. The YouTuber-turned-prize fighter will face former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on Sunday, Aug. 29 at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. How to watch Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley: Live stream, how to order PPV, start time, fight card
With just three professional fights, Paul has become one of the biggest names in boxing. But this will be his toughest test yet. Woodley is one of the greatest MMA welterweights of all time known for his big right hand. Coverage of Sunday’s event begins with a pre-show at 7 p.m., followed by the pay-per-view card at 8 p.m.
The road to Paul vs. Woodley began at the former’s last fight against MMA veteran Ben Askren. Woodley, a friend and training partner of Askren’s, got into a confrontation with Paul backstage. After Paul knocked out Askren, the seeds were planted for an even bigger showdown.
The war of words between Woodley and Paul has been intense. Tempers flared during a press conference this week when a member of Paul’s crew trash-talked Woodley’s mother. The former MMA star had to be held back as he threatened Paul’s entire team.
Despite Woodley’s MMA background, Paul is the favorite heading into Sunday’s eight-round main event. According to most betting sites, Paul is the favorite at -190, which means you would have to wager $190 to see a profit of $100. Woodley is a +148 underdog, meaning a wager of $100 wager would earn you a $148 profit.
There are other fights on Sunday’s card, including a battle featuring Cleveland native Montana Love. Amanda Serrano will also take on Yamileth Mercado with the unified Women’s Featherweight titles on the line:
Jake Paul -190 vs. Tyron Woodley +160
Amanda Serrano (c) -2000 vs. Yamileth Mercado +1000
Daniel Dubois -2000 vs. Joe Cusumano +1000
Montana Love vs. Ivan Baranchyk
Tommy Fury -1500 vs. Anthony Taylor +850
Paul and Woodley are expected to make their walks to the ring around 10:30 p.m., depending on how long the earlier fights last. Their fight should begin around 11 p.m.
The event, put on by Showtime, will feature an all-star broadcast team including Paul’s older brother Logan as a guest commentator. Veteran sportscaster Brian Custer and combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo will handle play-by-play alongside Boxing Hall of Fame analyst Al Berstein. Well-known MMA journalist Ariel Helwani will provide analysis from ringside.
Boxing Hall of Famer Jimmy Lennon Jr. will handle in-ring announcing with Cleveland artist E-V manning the turntables throughout the entire event.
Fans can watch Paul vs. Woodley live on FITE TV pay-per-view for $59.99 or via Showtime PPV.
Paul has gone 3-0 with three knockouts in his young boxing career by taking out AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson and Ben Askren in short order. But unlike his previous opponents, Woodley is, by far, the best striker of the bunch and demonstrated his skills during his UFC career where he held the UFC welterweight title with seven of his 19 wins coming by way of knockout.
The fight came together quickly after Paul and Woodley were involved in a run-in backstage before Paul dispatched of Askren. Woodley called Paul out for a fight immediately afterward, and Paul accepted. With Paul leaving Triller and signing with Showtime, the fight will end up headlining Showtime PPV in August at an agreed upon weight of 190 pounds.
The 24-year-old Paul has demonstrated solid boxing ability in his short tenure as a professional fighter. However, he has yet to face an opponent as skilled with their hands as Woodley. The 39-year-old Woodley has had an impressive run in MMA that included an undefeated stretch from 2014-18 when he captured the welterweight title with a stunning first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler. Woodley has fallen on tough times lately with losses in four straight fights and is no longer with the UFC.
When is the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight?
Date: Aug. 29, 2021
PPV start time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Paul-Woodley main event: Midnight ET / 9 p.m. PT (approximate)
The Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley boxing card will take place Aug. 29. The pay-per-view broadcast on Showtime is expected to start at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). Paul and Woodley are likely to make their ring walks around midnight ET.
The Paul vs. Woodley fight is a Showtime event that is available via pay-per-view through many cable and satellite providers; check with your local provider for more information. In addition to traditional cable and satellite services, the Paul vs. Woodley fight can be streamed via Showtime in the United States.
Paul vs. Woodley odds
Jake Paul: -138
Tyron Woodley: +100
According to Oddschecker, Paul is a slight favorite at -138, meaning it would take a wager of $138 to earn a $100 profit if Paul wins. As for Woodley, he's a +100 underdog. A $100 bet on Woodley would return a $100 profit should Woodley emerge victorious.