Jake Paul is returning to the boxing ring in December.
Paul (7-1) will meet Andre August (10-1-1) in an eight-round cruiserweight bout Dec. 15 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Fla. The fight headlines MVP’s Most Valuable Prospects IV and will be offered as part of the standard DAZN subscription package.
“I’m a professional boxer and I want to be world champion, so I need to pursue the path towards greatness against people who have been boxing their whole life,” Paul said in a press release. “So far, my entire boxing career has been on pay-per-view, but now it’s about more than business. Now I want to build my experience in the ring against seasoned fighters. I’m coming to prove my greatness on Friday, Dec. 15 live on DAZN for the world to see.”
Paul defeated Nate Diaz by unanimous decision in a 10-round fight this past August, managing to drop the former UFC star in Round 5. The YouTube star-turned-boxer rebounded from his first professional loss earlier this year, a split decision to Tommy Fury last February in Saudi Arabia. Paul has built his resume by defeating ex-UFC stars Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva and Diaz.
Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, August is coming off a unanimous decision win over unbeaten Brandon Martin. He has five knockout wins to his name and is expected to be Paul’s sternest test to date.
“I don’t talk very much,” August said. “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. When that bell rings, I am going to go straight to Jake Paul and ring his bell and send him back to YouTube for good.”