Jake Paul has crafted a boxing career that’s gaining increased interest. Paul‘s pathway has led him to an enticing match against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in his fourth official bout. It’s also lined him up for the biggest payday of his brief boxing career.
Jake Paul’s boxing career
Over the last couple of years, Paul has taken a committed approach to embracing a boxing career.
The 24-year-old began his path by defeating fellow social media influencer AnEsonGib in the first round of a six-round fight. He followed it up in November 2020 with a second-round knockout of former NBA guard Nate Robinson.
Paul then participated in his third fight in April, where he knocked out former UFC star Ben Askren in the first round. All that lines up his fourth match against Tyron Woodley for an eight-round fight.
Beyond that, it sets up the biggest payday of his brief boxing career.
How much will Jake Paul make in his fight against Tyron Woodley?
As Paul builds his professional boxing career, he’s become a bigger draw in the sport.
The 24-year-old inked a multi-fight contract with Showtime that will begin with a much-anticipated showdown against Woodley. Although Paul’s expected earnings haven’t been released, it’s become widely expected that he will make at least $1 million guaranteed while Woodley will garner $500,000, according to Sporting Free.
The projected numbers may rise to up to $2 million earned for the Youtube star in his fourth official fight depending on the pay-per-view sales. He earned $690,000 from his fight against Askren, while the former UFC Star earned $500,000. It’s not surprising to see Paul potentially nearly doubling his payout as he continues to handle his opponents despite the quality not being up to professional standards.
However, Woodley will present the biggest challenge as he holds the most decorated resume among his opponents. It will be his first official boxing match, but the 39-year-old proved to be a strong striker in MMA. It may be a different realm in the squared circle, but it’s an opportunity to showcase his ability against a younger fighter.
“Easiest fight and biggest purse of my career,” Woodley said via Michael Benson of talkSports.com. “They brought me in to take out the trash. I can’t wait to shut this b—h up. This is getting done for the culture, the whole MMA/boxing community, to rid this guy [from] combat sports.”
Showtime holds long-term investment with Jake Paul
Despite the noise around Paul, the 24-year-old has become an intriguing name in boxing.
His credibility remains a valid question mark, but that didn’t push Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza away from taking a chance on the social media influencer turn boxer.
“He was definitely generating a lot of interest, a lot of discussion, commercially, the events were successful. So the only question at that point was sort of the boxing part of it,” Espinoza said via MMA Fighting. “What does he want to do? What is his commitment to the sport? Is this a long-term thing? Is this something he’s serious about? It didn’t take long for us to get the answer to those questions.
Paul holds a unique opportunity ahead as Espinoza and Showtime Sports are extremely interested in making it work for the long haul. It’s on him to make the most of it as that could lead to a highly prosperous run.
Ultimately, time will tell if he can back up his unwavering confidence.