YouTube sensation and undefeated boxer Jake Paul has his next opponent in his sights after finishing former Olympian Ben Askren in the first round in April. Paul is now taking on Askren’s MMA teammate, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Paul’s competition has progressed from a fellow YouTube personality to a former NBA player to now former UFC fighters. He has stopped his first three opponents by knockout and looking at Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley odds, he is favored again with the former UFC champion set as an underdog. The two are looking to get into the boxing ring on August 28 on Showtime PPV.
Online sportsbook Bovada has released the Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley odds with Paul listed at -175 and Woodley coming back at +145. This means you would have to bet $175 to profit $100 with a Paul win, while a $100 bet on a Woodley victory would profit you $145.
Odds as of June 1 at Bovada
Looking at the Paul vs Woodley odds, Paul’s odds of -175 represent an implied win probability of 63.64 percent while Woodley’s odds of +145 have an implied win probability of 40.82 percent.
Once again, it may come as a bit of a surprise to see Paul listed as the betting favorite over a former world champion mixed martial artist, as he was over Ben Askren. However, that fight lasted less than two minutes, the shortest pro fight of Paul’s career.
With that impressive performance, we are seeing “The Problem Child” as a bigger favorite against “The Chosen One” than he was in the Askren fight. If you will remember, Paul closed as -155 chalk in that bout and is set at -175 vs the heavier-handed Woodley.
As I also said in discussing Paul vs Askren, both of these men deserve a ton of credit for taking the fight. For Paul, he has to battle a former champion who at one time was feared for his dangerous striking, scoring seven knockout victories in his 27-fight career. Woodley, meanwhile, would face plenty of criticism if he were to fall to a YouTube star.
The fight didn’t come out of thin air either. The two had a back-and-forth on the night of Paul vs Askren in which Woodley, who was a cornerman for Askren, was talking smack to Paul.
Woodley’s UFC career came to an end earlier this season after he dropped four straight fights, including back-to-back finishes. Having not been stopped in the previous eight years and at the age of 39, there wasn’t much the promotion could do for him.
One of the biggest issues for Woodley toward the end of his career was his hesitancy to unload his heavy right hand. He tore his labrum muscle in his shoulder in his fight against Demian Maia in 2017 and appeared gun-shy ever since. That said, he did throw caution to the wind in his final UFC bout but the younger, faster Vicente Luque capitalized and stopped the former champ in the opening round.
Although Jake ran through Ben Askren in April, there was a moment early when he got hit with a clean shot and then the two clinched. Now Askren’s power is nothing to write home about, but if Woodley is able to land that same shot, will the outcome be any different?
Nate Marquardt in 2012 in the fourth round was the only man to stop Woodley from strikes; his other knockout loss was due to a rib injury. Paul has knocked out his first three opponents, needing less than three rounds combined to achieve those results. Does he have what it takes to knock out Tyron Woodley?
I’m really torn on my pick for this fight – I was all-in on Ben Askren to beat Jake Paul and we all know how that went down. I’ve said all along that there are things Paul does that are very impressive. When he fought Askren, he hurt the former Olympian to the body with a straight right, which opened up the shot to the head a little later and put Askren down.
Woodley was always very adept at maintaining distance and then blitzing forward with incredible power that often dropped his opponent. This is a step up in competition for Paul, though he is the younger fighter and definitely has deceptive power. This fight could be won in the later rounds and does that favor the former champ, who has fought for 25 minutes repeatedly? So many questions for a very interesting fight.