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Jake Paul announces August 13 boxing return, possible opponents


Jake Paul has introduced that he’ll return to the ring on August 13, the announcement coming recent off of his co-promoter function for Saturday evening’s historic Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano struggle.

Paul (4-0, 3 KO) final fought in December, participating in five-plus rounds of a lethal boring rematch with pale former UFC champion Tyron Woodley earlier than scoring a thunderous proper hand knockout within the sixth. Paul had beforehand overwhelmed Woodley by break up determination over eight rounds in Aug. 2021.

The 25-year-old “Problem Child” has been repeatedly chastised for having nonetheless not fought somebody thought-about a “real boxer,” together with his professional debut coming in opposition to a YouTube dude who had no enterprise in a hoop, then a retired NBA participant who had no enterprise in a hoop, then Ben Askren who wasn’t even a suitable striker by MMA requirements, after which the 2 fights with Woodley, who can punch however was properly previous his prime.

Paul’s common argument has been that he’s solely x quantity of fights into his profession, declaring a few of the early opponents that many legends had at the beginning of their runs, the distinction being that Paul is asking individuals to spend about $50 for a pay-per-view to see him struggle, which is okay as a result of he’s well-known and might do this, nevertheless it comes with the push-back of individuals demanding way more rapidly that you simply begin dealing with anybody they contemplate a risk.

We all know that Tommy Fury, who was Paul’s initially scheduled December opponent, nonetheless needs the struggle. He simply fought on Apr. 23, so he’d be prepared by August for certain. Paul has additionally talked about seeing how Anderson Silva does in a Could 14 struggle in Dubai, and simply this previous week Eddie Hearn supplied to provide him a struggle in opposition to somebody from the Matchroom steady, suggesting Olympian Cheavon Clarke when Paul stated he’d need somebody with below 10 fights.

We’ll see what Jake does, as a result of there isn’t any scarcity of pale MMA fighters who would like to get a Jake Paul payday. Tommy Fury nonetheless looks as if the most effective guess; if something, the cancellation in December gave them extra to work with so far as promotion, and Jake was prepared to do it then, so why not now?

Paul’s final two fights got here with Showtime, nevertheless it’s been reported that his cope with them is up. DAZN EVP Joe Markowski stated final week that the corporate can be open to bringing Paul again to their platform. Paul’s professional debut did happen on a DAZN broadcast in Jan. 2020, earlier than he did two fights with Triller and two with Showtime.

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