- Paul is still searching for his first boxing victory against an actual pro pugilist
- August has a decade of experience, but has never fought longer than six rounds
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Since he first embarked on a boxing career in 2020, the 26-year-old Paul has been happy to sell tickets and pay-per-view broadcasts for fights against former MMA stars, such as UFC legends Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley. And the only time Paul did face a boxer, he lost a split decision to Tommy Fury, the younger half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson.
Now, after years of criticism over his uninspiring record, Paul is attempting to change that narrative.
‘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 statement.
Enter Andre August, a 35-year-old Texas cruiserweight who boasts an 10-1-1 pro record as a boxer and is now scheduled to face Paul on December 15 in Orlando.
‘Jake Paul has the money, the fame, the team and the resources but he doesn’t have my hunger,’ August said in a statement. ‘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.’
August does have the experience after spending a decade as a professional boxer and part-time promoter.
The problem is, the bruising Beaumont, Texas native’s own resume is similarly lacking.
Yes, August is on a five-fight winning streak and he recently beat previously undefeated cruiserweight prospect Brandon Martin. But that unanimous-decision victory was just his third over a fighter with a winning record.
He has two wins and a draw against fighters making their debuts, and his knockouts of Ramiro Garcia and Jeremie Parks are somewhat tainted by the pair’s combined 6-29-4 record.
But that’s not to say that August is a total scrub.
YouTube clips from previous bouts show the orthodox August has a solid hook with either arm, as well as an ability to absorb punches.
And he showed particular skill in getting a stoppage over Joshua Kuhn in 2017, but that was six years ago, and Kuhn has since retired from the sport with a 1-4-1 record.
What’s more, August’s only loss came at the hands of Eric Abraham, who scored a TKO win despite entering the bout with a 3-3 record. Abraham is now just 7-16.
Worst of all, the December 15 bout marks the first time August is fighting in a bout that is scheduled for eight or more rounds. So while he does have more overall experience than Paul, he’s never fought beyond the sixth round, as the former YouTuber has in four of his last five bouts.
The bottom line is, while Paul is trying to prove himself against an actual boxer, he’s unlikely to change anyone’s opinion about his ability by beating a 35-year-old with minimal experience.