In a spectacular return to the boxing ring, Jake Paul secured a first-round knockout against Andre August at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida. The highly anticipated cruiserweight fight ended at 2:32 of the opening round, with Paul landing a powerful right uppercut that sent August to the canvas.
Paul, now 8-1, expressed confidence and determination throughout the week, manifesting his prediction of a first-round victory. This marked Paul’s first knockout in two years and a significant step in his boxing career, particularly as it was his first win against a pure boxer.
Known for his unconventional approach, Paul emphasized his commitment to facing traditional boxers rather than MMA fighters. Before the fight with August, he had predominantly faced MMA opponents in five out of his seven bouts, along with one matchup against a YouTuber.
The 26-year-old, famous for his rise from the Disney Channel to becoming a prominent figure in boxing, addressed the crowd after the knockout. Approximately 4,000 fans cheered as Paul announced plans for his future fights, promising more boxing prospects, experience, and time in the ring.
Jake Paul’s victory signifies a new phase in his boxing journey as he aims to establish himself as a contender in the cruiserweight division. His next steps and potential opponents will be revealed in an announcement scheduled for the coming week.
In the co-feature, Franchon Crews-Dezurn upset Shadasia Green to reclaim the WBC super middleweight title. Crews-Dezurn, with a record of 9-2, emerged victorious with scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 97-93 against Green (13-1, 11 KOs). The 168-pound title, initially held by the injured Savannah Marshall, became available, leading to an intense matchup between Crews-Dezurn and Green, both highly ranked in the super middleweight division.