Jake Paul says that he wants to fight Canelo Alvarez in three years.
Paul is 3-0 with three knockouts as a pro boxer with wins over AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson, and Ben Askren.
He is scheduled to fight former UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley on August 29th at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Jake Paul doesn’t just want to take boxing seriously, he wants to become a world champion. And if that isn’t outrageous enough, he says he wants to fight Canelo Alvarez in three years.
Jake Paul: I Want To Go After Canelo In Three Years, I Want To Be World Champ https://t.co/yHr3sZbfsT pic.twitter.com/BnBU7U3vFa
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 14, 2021
Whether those are real goals or merely hyperboles aimed at promoting his next fight, is unknown. What is certain right now is that he will fight former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a boxing match on August 29th at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.
Paul has indeed come a long way from being that former Disney and YouTube star who started this whole celebrity boxing fad. He is now unbeaten after three bouts as a professional boxer. But Paul’s victories have been besmirched because they came against fellow celebrities AnEson Gib, Nate Robinson, and Ben Asrken who were making their pro boxing debuts. Enter Tyron Woodley.
Slight Favorite to Beat Tyron Woodley
Here are the opening odds for Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley:
Jake Paul -155 (20/31)
Tyron Woodley +125 (5/4)
(odds via @betonline_ag) 🥊 pic.twitter.com/sJRu2WJzRs
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) May 31, 2021
Like all of Jake Paul’s first three opponents, Tyron Woodley doesn’t have professional boxing experience and will be making his professional boxing debut when he meets Paul on August 29th. However, Woodley is considered the most dangerous opponent Jake Paul has ever faced because of his combat sports experience and legit knockout power.
The 39-year old Woodley fought 27 times in a mixed martial arts cage. And while lost his four most recent bouts, Woodley’s combat sports resume includes victories over big-time punchers Josh Koschek, Carlos Condit, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, and Darren Till.
Because of the threat that Woodley is perceived to possess, Paul opened as just a slight -155 betting favorite to win the fight. Those odds have even narrowed to -125 at the BetOnline App as of this writing. Still, if the oddsmakers are correct, then Jake Paul should still emerge victorious although maybe not as easily as his most recent bouts.
Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley make a tattoo-related bet on their upcoming boxing match 👀
Watch full #PaulWoodley press conference: https://t.co/NquA6O2PFS pic.twitter.com/fK8PPZ6uNg
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 14, 2021
To sweeten the pot, Paul and Woodley agreed to a tattoo-related bet in their fight. Actually, it was Jake Paul who lured Woodley into the side bet by questioning his confidence. Under their agreement, which was sealed with a gentleman’s handshake, The Chosen One is going to end up with an “I Love Jake Paul” tattoo if he loses. Similarly, Jake Paul promised to get inked with an “I Love Tyron Woodley” inscription if Woodley wins. Both fighters also agreed to post the tattoo on his instagram account after the fight.
This isn’t the first time that Jake Paul has tried to get into Woodley’s head by daring him to a side bet. During their first ever face off, Paul dared Woodley to donate his fight purse to charity if he lost. Paul meanwhile, promised to double Woodley’s take home pay if the Chosen One beats him. Of course Woodley did not agree to that deal because as he said, this will be his biggest payday ever, even bigger that the sums of money he made during his heyday in the UFC.
This tattoo bet is bizarre but you have to like the confidence that Jake Paul has going into his fight. Woodley is a clear step-up in his level of opposition but Paul remains supremely confident that get past Woodley. However, it’s unlikely he offers a similar side bet if he does end up fighting Canelo Alvarez three years from now. It even unlikelier that he fights Canelo at all.