YouTube star Jake Paul will fight former UFC world champion Tyron Woodley in his fourth boxing bout.
Paul will make the announcement on Tuesday afternoon and then face off with Woodley on Friday ahead of his brother Logan’s exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather 48 hours later.
Mirror Fighting understands Woodley, who held the UFC welterweight title between 2016 and 2019, began camp earlier this month with veteran trainer Eric Brown.
Teasing the fight announcement, Paul said: “This will be the biggest fight yet. This will be the hardest fight I’ve had, the toughest opponent by far, the most known opponent. We will break another boxing PPV record.”
The controversial social media sensation is 3-0 as a professional boxer having stopped MMA legend Ben Askren last month while Woodley will be making his professional debut.
Paul made his professional debut in January last year when he fought fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib on the undercard of a world title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Luke Keeler in Miami, stopping him within the first round after landing three knockdowns.
And he returned later that year to face former NBA player Nate Robinson as part of the Mike Tyson comeback event where the boxing legend faced Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition.
Paul scored a viral knockout on the ex-New York Knick which catapulted him into fight talks with UFC champions like Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping.
Paul ended up taking on former Olympic wrestler and Bellator champion Askren, who he stopped within the first two minutes in his first main event as part of the new Triller Fight Club promotion.
Since then he has riled up fighters in the worlds of boxing and MMA, causing noteworthy scenes with Floyd Mayweather and Daniel Cormier and engaging in a feud with UFC boss Dana White.
But it will be against Woodley that Paul takes the next step towards legitimising his boxing career when he makes his first appearance with US broadcaster Showtime Boxing, which is home to Floyd Mayweather and the Charlo Brothers among others.
Woodley lost the last four fights of his UFC contract, most recently against Vicente Luque before negotiating his release from the promotion.
Paul made his first appearance in the boxing ring in August 2018, when he faced YouTuber Deji Olatunji in a white-collar boxing match which he won in the fifth round.
He rose to prominence on the now-defunct video sharing platform Vine, and earned widespread notoriety after being cast as an actor on the Disney Channel.
He has well over 60 million followers between his YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tik Tok pages, and his last fight with Askren reportedly broke 1.5million pay-per-view buys, making it the joint 10th best-selling boxing event of all time.
He also appeared on the sixth highest-selling PPV when he fought on the undercard of Tyson v Jones Jr, and his amateur debut was viewed by as many as 1.2m live PPV viewers on YouTube, albeit at a discounted price of just £7.50