Jake Paul will go to battle with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on Aug. 29, and now the pay-per-view price for the card has been revealed.
Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza confirmed the price on Monday in an interview with MMA Fighting. The card will air on Showtime pay-per-view from the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland.
“It’s $59.99,” Espinoza said. “That reflects a couple of things. It’s in the ballpark of where similar fights have been. It is at a point below a lot of other higher priced PPVs, but in particular on this one, I think you’ve got a full boxing card of exciting young fighters. That was the key.”
According to Espinoza, Showtime worked directly with Paul and his team to help craft an entire card that would support a full PPV beyond just the main event.
While Paul vs. Woodley is the main attraction, Espinoza said the social influencer turned boxing superstar wanted to ensure that the whole card was worth watching, which is why established fighters like Amanda Serrano are competing alongside him on Aug. 29 as well as a full undercard that was just announced on Monday.
“When we started talking to Jake about what do your events to look like? His approach, his philosophy is, ‘If I’m bringing my audience, if I’m endorsing, if I’m co-signing this event, then I want to be able to say to my audience look these are fighters that you will like as well,’” Espinoza said. “So he said, ‘I want to go toward young, exciting fighters, hopefully roughly around my age.’
“Daniel Dubois is a great example – exciting young heavyweight from the U.K., not well known here, he’s 24, 25 years old. Still in the early stage of his career. Very exciting fighter. Those are the kinds of fighters that Jake wants to bring a spotlight to and grow the fan base and make an event sort of coherent.”
Dubois will take on Joe Cusumano in a 10-round matchup on the card, while Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, will also compete on Aug. 29 when he faces Anthony Taylor.
Ivan Baranchyk will also compete on the undercard against Cleveland native Montana Love in another featured bout on the PPV broadcast.
All told, Espinoza believes the entire event will be one to watch with the undercard fights eventually leading to the showdown between Paul and Woodley.
“Look these are some of the most exciting young fighters in the sport today,” Espinoza said. “I think that’s what Jake wants to be able to say with his events.”