Tyron Woodley spars in downtown Public Square ahead of fight with Cleveland’s own Jake Paul

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.

Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.

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