- YouTuber turned boxer returns to the ring
- August on five bout winning run
- Green and Cruz-Dezum to face off for WBC super-middleweight title
YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul, is set to make his return to the ring on December 15th in Florida, where he will face off against professional boxer Andre August. In the co-main event in Orlando, American fighters Shadasia Green and Franchon Crews-Dezurn will compete for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title.
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Paul states ambition to face seasoned fighters
After bouncing back from his first loss to Tommy Fury with a victory over MMA fighter Nate Diaz in August, the 26-year-old Paul holds a record of 7 wins and 1 loss in his fighting career. He retains his ambition of becoming a world champion.
“I want to gain more experience in the ring by competing against seasoned fighters,” Paul stated.
His opponent, Andre August, boasts a record of 10 wins and 1 loss at the age of 35. The two Americans will square off in a cruiserweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.
August, known for his reserved demeanour, emphasised his focus on action over words: “I don’t talk very much. I’m all about that action. Jake Paul has the money, the fame, the team, and the resources, but he doesn’t have my hunger.”
He confidently added, “When that bell rings, I am going straight for Jake Paul, aiming to ring his bell and send him back to YouTube for good.”
WBC super-middleweight title up for grabs
Along side this Americans Green and Crews-Dezurn will compete for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title. Green, aged 34, maintains an unblemished record with 13 wins, while 36-year-old Crews-Dezurn, a former undisputed champion, has only faced losses against Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields.
Earlier this year, Briton Savannah Marshall clinched the undisputed super-middleweight championship against Crews-Dezurn, but an injury compelled her to relinquish the WBC title.
Paul is favourite to rack up his eighth professional win. At the time of writing, bet365 have Paul priced at 1/6 and August at 4/1.
Unlike a lot of Paul’s previous opponents August has 10 years experience as a pro, however, it can be argued that his cv is relatively light. He is currently on a five-fight winning streak and he recently overcame previously undefeated cruiserweight prospect Brandon Martin. But that victory, by unanimous-decision, was only his third over a fighter with a successful pro record.
He has two victories and a draw against opponents making their debuts, and his knockouts of Ramiro Garcia and Jeremie Parks are somewhat undermined by the pair’s combined 6-29-4 record. However, given the odds bettors may want to have a punt on August.
Green is a strong favourite to win against Crews-Dezurn.