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Cleveland to host J. Paul-Woodley boxing match

The boxing match between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley has a location.

Paul, the YouTube-star-turned-prizefighter, will fight Woodley in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland on Aug. 29, it was announced Monday. The venue will be Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Woodley is the former UFC welterweight champion and represents the toughest challenge yet in the young boxing career of the polarizing Paul.

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger first reported the date last week. Paul vs. Woodley will be contested at 190 pounds. Woodley fought in the UFC at 170 pounds, while Paul fought Ben Askren in April at 190 pounds. Paul won that bout by first-round knockout. Woodley, a close friend and teammate of Askren, was in Askren’s corner for that bout.

On the undercard, Amanda Serrano will take on Yamileth Mercado. Serrano holds the WBC, WBO and IBO women’s featherweight titles. She is ranked No. 3 on ESPN’s pound-for-pound women’s boxing rankings.

Paul vs. Woodley will be distributed and co-promoted by Showtime with Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions also in on the promotion, per a release. Paul and adviser Nakisa Bidarian of BAVAFA Sports will be event producers.

ESPN Boxing

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