Jake Paul returns to the boxing ring on Saturday night, albeit against an unexpected, but familiar foe. Paul squares off against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a rematch of their August showdown. Paul was expected to face Tommy Fury, the brother of WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, but he was forced to withdraw just two weeks before with a medical issue.
Now, Paul gets another chance against Woodley, whom he beat by split decision four months earlier but failed to score a knockdown or knockout against. Woodley actually scored the most noteworthy punch of that fight when he forced Paul to stumble into the ropes. Paul has said that with the fight coming together on short notice, he included a clause that gives Woodley an additional $500,000 if he scores a knockout.
Below is the complete fight card with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook. You can also find viewing information for the bout below as it will air live on Showtime PPV.
Paul vs. Woodley 2 fight card, odds
- Jake Paul -240 vs. Tyron Woodley +200, cruiserweight (eight rounds)
- Amanda Serrano (c) vs. Miriam Gutierrez, lightweights (10 rounds)
- Deron Williams vs. Frank Gore, heavyweights (four rounds)
- Liam Paro vs. Yomar Alamo, junior welterweights (10 rounds)
Paul vs. Woodley 2 info
- Date: Dec. 18 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Amalie Arena — Tampa, Florida
- How to watch: Showtime PPV | Price: $59.99
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There’s a difference in combat sports between being in shape and being in fight shape, but Tyron Woodley luckily at least had the foundation of the former to lean back upon when he was filming a television show just over one week ago and received an important phone call.
The 39-year-old Woodley, who lost his pro boxing debut to Jake Paul in August by split decision, was offered a shot at retribution that even getting a “I love Jake Paul” tattoo on his left middle finger was unable to lock down.
“They sent a smoke signal so I pulled up,” Woodley told “Morning Kombat” on Wednesday at an open workout at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino pool in Tampa, Florida.
Asked if he did much haggling given a rare shot at leverage after Tommy Fury, the half brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, pulled out of Saturday’s pay-per-view fight inside Amalie Arena, Woodley shook his head. The former UFC welterweight champion estimated it took him no more than 20 seconds to agree to a rematch against Paul (4-0, 3 KOs), the Youtube sensation and influencer who has quickly disrupted boxing’s marketplace thanks to a subscriber base of over 50 million across social media.
“I didn’t need to [haggle],” Woodley said. “We already did it once. I know the opponent very well and they really just needed a yes from me. They got that very quickly.”