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YouTube star Jake Paul posted a “hit
list” of potential boxing opponents ahead of his scheduled fight against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on Aug. 29.
Paul’s docket features pro boxers such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, MMA standout Conor McGregor,
his brother Logan Paul and another YouTuber in Olajide “KSI”
Notably absent is undefeated boxer
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who overwhelmed his brother Logan in
a June exhibition bout. There was speculation Mayweather would
also take on Jake, but it doesn’t appear that’s on the radar.
Paul’s professional boxing career is
off to a promising start with a 3-0 record. He’s defeated YouTuber
Ali “AnEsonGib” Al-Fakhri, former NBA player Nate Robinson and
former MMA fighter Ben Askren as he’s steadily increased the level of
The 24-year-old Cleveland native said
Thursday on the Pat McAfee Show he knows the margin for error will be even
smaller against Woodley when they face off at Rocket Mortgage
FieldHouse in his hometown:
Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow
“This is my hardest fight for sure, most serious opponent. Everything in this camp is more serious. I have to be perfect on August 29th”<a href=”https://twitter.com/jakepaul?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@jakepaul</a> on his match with <a href=”https://twitter.com/TWooodley?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TWooodley</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/PatMcAfeeShowLIVE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE</a> <a href=”https://t.co/NPkcHAIsQR”>pic.twitter.com/NPkcHAIsQR</a>
Paul and his brother have helped
jump-start the trend in recent years of celebrity boxing matches
taking center stage for multifaceted entertainment events that
include a concert-like atmosphere.
It’s turned into a highly lucrative
market with June’s Mayweather-Paul bout having generated an estimated one million
pay-per-view buys and over $50 million in media revenue, per
The question is whether the cards will
have staying power once the novelty factor wears off. Interest in the
Woodley-Paul fight should be an indication of that.
Paul is clearly betting on a long boxing career, though his more ambitious fights against proven boxers
such as Alvarez and Gervonta Davis would probably be exhibitions.