Jake Paul: 'I Have to Be Perfect' Against Tyron Woodley in Aug. 29 Boxing Match

Blake SchusterContributor IAugust 12, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Jake Paul poses for media during a press conference before his cruiserweight fight against Tyron Woodley at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on July 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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Jake Paul put aside his typical bravado and out-spoken commentary for a brief moment of seriousness on Thursday as he prepares to face MMA star Tyron Woodley in a boxing match at the end of the month.

The YouTuber spoke to The Pat McAfee Show and acknowledged just how much of a challenge he has ahead of him, noting that he'll need to be perfect to have a chance against the one-time UFC Welterweight champion. 

"This is a guy with knockout power," Paul said. "One of the best welterweights ever. I know that and my team knows that. My coaches know that. So we're doing everything in our power to prepare for him."

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Paul added that this is the most serious he's ever trained for a fight. 

Previously, the 24-year-old defeated fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former Bellator fighter Ben Askren—defeating each of them by knockout along the way. 

However, Woodley presents a different challenge. Even at 39 years old, the Missouri native has held his own in plenty of high-stakes challenges over the last two years, going the distance against Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns and reaching the fifth round against Colby Covington. Those UFC stars came with a much more accomplished resume than Paul's. 

Paul clearly knows this, and if he has any shot at becoming a serious contender in the pro boxing circuit, he'll need to be flawless on Aug. 29. Anything less, and it'll be difficult to rebuild his reputation in the ring.