As part of Jake Paul’s move to push the world to widely recognize him as a professional boxer, the YouTuber will be fighting an unfamous professional boxer from Texas, Andre August. In his recent statements, Paul underscored August’s record and experience in the field as an experienced professional. Some, however, doubt the pick, with commentator Sergio Mora believing August is a “paper fighter” who “hasn’t fought in 4 yrs and has fought nothing but ‘non winners.’”
The YouTube influencer will face the professional boxer on December 15 at Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando. The eight-round 200-pound cruiserweight bout should help Paul better cement his career as a professional fighter and his current 7-1 record with four knockouts. As the 26-year-old American boxer noted in a recent statement, August has legitimate experience in the field.
“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. “I want to build my experience in the ring against seasoned fighters. I’m coming to prove my greatness on Friday, December 15th live on DAZN for the world to see.”
August has a 10-1-1, 5 knockouts record. Nonetheless, despite winning five straight fights, the little-known 35-year-old boxer took a hiatus of nearly four years. His most recent bout success was against Brandon Martin in August.
Mora is highlighting this detail as the motivation of Paul’s team to push the fight.
“Seems like another Tommy Fury type opponent, who [Paul] lost a SD to,” Mora told The Los Angeles Times through a text message. “But yes, this man is technically a pro boxer and I will have to give [Paul] his credit.”
“I’ll tell you what, I give credit to Paul and the team that he surrounds himself with — because it’s so damn HARD to comb the nation to find opponents like this August guy that looks good on paper, but is a ‘paper fighter.’ … He looks every part the fighter, but look into the numbers and you’ll see he hasn’t fought in 4 yrs and has fought nothing but ‘non winners.’”
Despite that, August is trying to complement Paul’s energy in promoting the bout.
“I don’t talk very much,” August said in a news release. “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.”
The fight will be live on DAZN as a part of a subscription package. It can be viewed by audiences in over 200 countries globally on December 15.