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Jake Paul is feeling very assured forward of the hardest take a look at of his younger boxing profession and suspects his opponent isn’t taking him critically as an opponent.
Later this month, Paul will enter the boxing ring to face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, probably the most harmful opponent for Paul by three skilled fights.
Paul is undefeated in his profession to date, having defeated Youtuber Ali Eson Gib, former NBA star Nate Robinson, and former UFC welterweight Ben Askren. Woodley’s fight sports activities resume is vastly completely different, as an MMA fighter with 28 skilled fights and a well-respected title run within the largest promotion on the globe.
Regardless of their variations on paper, Paul believes Woodley could possibly be making a mistake by overlooking him as an opponent.
“I feel he’s simply going by the motions,” Paul instructed MMA Junkie. “I don’t know if he has actually digested how good of a fighter I’m. I nonetheless suppose there’s like this psychological block for him the place he’s identical to, ‘Oh, this child’s a YouTuber. How laborious might this battle be?’”
The boxing match towards Paul got here to fruition for Woodley after a backstage altercation that occurred when his buddy and coaching accomplice, Askren, took on Paul in April. Woodley will enter the boxing ring after exiting the UFC on a four-fight shedding streak that began with dropping the welterweight title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
“He says he’s coaching laborious, and he says he’s doing all the suitable issues, however I nonetheless suppose at the back of his head he’s like, ‘I’ve fought Kamaru Usman, I fought Gilbert Burns. That is gonna be a straightforward battle.’”
Woodley has been very energetic on social media posting clips of his coaching along with releasing episodes of his behind-the-scenes battle camp sequence referred to as “Champ Camp” on YouTube. As part of his coaching camp, Woodley turned to boxing legend Floyd Mayweather to organize for the battle. Mayweather lately fought Jake’s brother, Logan Paul, in a boxing exhibition that went the space.
“I’ve seen the little clips of him and Floyd coaching,” Paul stated. “Floyd’s telling him the identical factor, you already know, like, ‘Simply go on the market and battle, he’s not an actual fighter. He’s by no means been in there with an actual fighter.’
“Them underestimating me would be the largest mistake and he might be uncovered for that.”
Paul vs. Woodley takes place on Aug. 29 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, airing on Showtime pay-per-view.