Jake Paul returns to the boxing ring on Dec. 15 against Andre August in Orlando, Fla.
The eight-round bout will be contested at cruiserweight (200 pounds) at the Caribe Royale Resort.
Paul (7-1, four KOs) defeated Nate Diaz via unanimous decision in 10 rounds in Dallas in his last fight on Aug. 5.
Paul, 26, is making a twofold shift in his career strategy by fighting a professional boxer in a match that will be streamed on DAZN. Until now, he has mostly been boxing older MMA fighters in pay-per-view events.
“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.”
August (10-1-1, five KOs) has won his last five fights, most recently a unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Brandon Martin in August.
The 35-year-old is expected to be the toughest test to date for Paul, the former YouTube star.
“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.”
–Field Level Media