Jake Paul is ramping up his preparations ahead of his August 28 showdown with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
The Youtube star-turned-boxer will return to the ring for his fourth professional bout later this summer when he faces Woodley on a Showtime Boxing card, and he has been training hard with a number of top fighters from the worlds of boxing and MMA.
He trained in California for his initial amateur and pro bouts, but switched to Florida for his most recent fight camp ahead of his win over Ben Askren.
But now the younger Paul brother has set up shop in Dorado, Puerto Rico, where he is working with long-time head coach BJ Flores and renowned boxer J’Leon Love.
And Mirror Fighting also understands that he has been sparring with undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Patrick Cora, who is 10-0 with 7 KOs since turning professional in 2017.
Cora has been unable to fight since the coronavirus pandemic began, but looked in decent shape in photographs shared of the pair after a session earlier this week.
Paul has also flown in former Bellator MMA fighter Anthony ‘Pretty Boy’ Taylor to assist in camp after the pair sparred in the lead-up to his fight with Askren in April.
The California native is 7-5 inside the cage and is currently on a five-fight win streak that includes scalps over former UFC fighter Chris Avila and newly-signed welterweight prospect Dean Barry, following a rocky start to his career.
The pair exchanged harsh words on social media and in the press after their spar, but it appears that the feud is settled, with Flores saying he is a ‘great addition to the camp’ in an Instagram post after drafting the MMA fighter back in.
Paul posted a brief few seconds of sparring footage on his Instagram page on Monday night, with over 2.3million people viewing the video, which showed what he’s been up to in Puerto Rico.
Paul’s bout with Woodley is seen as his toughest test to date, despite the ex-UFC star’s size and experience disadvantage inside the ring.
The fight will take place with a limit of 190lbs, which is almost two stone heavier than Woodley’s tenure in the UFC.
But the ex-champion is known for his striking prowess in the cage, and will almost certainly test him more than Askren, or his previous opponents Nate Robinson and AnEsonGib.
Woodley is currently training in Florida for the bout, which is reportedly earning him a career-high purse that will end up in the millions.
And he has predicted a knockout finish within three rounds, telling Michael Bisping on the ‘Believe You Me’ podcast: “First round sounds cocky, sounds dope.
“But I just know that if I’m fighting Tyron Woodley, everyone is going to tell him to cover up, weather the storm, clinch him, grab him, keep him away from you, stay at distance, watch out for the right hand.
“I’ve got to set a couple traps, so I may need a round or two to set some traps, see what he responds to, and I think third round I should be able to clean up the deal.”