CLEVELAND, OH – Clevelanders can’t hate boxing and mixed martial arts reformer Jake Paul for showing the city a lot of love. Right now he’s the area’s hottest celebrity in the boxing world and his Showtime fight with former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley of Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson is the Saint Louis, Missouri suburb that became know globally for ex-cop Darren Wilson’s shooting death of Michael Brown and the rioting that occurred afterwards. It’s 6.5 miles from East Saint Louis, Illinois and 75 percent American Negro.
Paul and Woodley will be battling on August 30, 2021 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The $10 tickets have sold out. There are still $25 and up tickets available. The pay per view costs are $59.
Woodley was in downtown Cleveland sparring in Public Square on August 25th. He’s been coached by boxing legenda and second generation fighter Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr..
Paul’s critics say his opponents have been paid to take dives. Mayweather can match any amount Paul could offer Woodley not to take a dive. So the dive critics should be silenced for this fight.
Another former Cleveland area fighter, ex-heavyweight champ Mike Tyson likes the Paul brothers and he respect’s Woodley’s boxing gifts. But Woodley’s 40 and Paul’s 24. Tyson thinks Paul will win if the fight goes the distance. He thinks Paul is an “under-rated” fighter whose talents are better than he’s given credit.
For those who don’t know anything about Woodley’s he’s 5’9″ and Paul’s 6 feet. The three inches don’t matter and Woodley says he’s comfortable at 200 pounds. That’s his natural weight. He had to lose weight to fight at 175.
He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in agricultural economics. He was a two-time All American wrestler for the university and played football; but wanted to box professionally. He has four children and was raised in Ferguson by his single mother.
Woodley wasn’t down with the rioting and looting in his home town. Paul’s opponent told Tyson during an interview that he was playing a role in “Straight Outta Compton” and they were filming riot scene while the Ferguson riots were going on.