Jake Paul brings forward boxing return with next fight pencilled in for August

Social media loudmouth Jake Paul will return to the boxing ring sooner than anticipated, with his next fight pencilled in for August 6.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer, 25, had previously announced that he would make his ring return on August 13. But in a Twitter post on Friday night, the unbeaten star moved his return forward by a week.

Despite confirmation of a return date, his next opponent remains unknown. Paul made his professional boxing debut two years ago and has gone on to win all five of his bouts to date. He began life in the ring with a stoppage win over fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib before knocking out former NBA star Nate Robinson in his second fight.

Then it was the turn of Ben Askren, who Paul stopped in the first round. Paul faced his biggest challenge to date in August last year when former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley took him the distance. Nevertheless, he won on the scorecards.

In December, Paul turned his attention to ex-Love Island star and professional boxer in his own right, Tommy Fury. The pair had been due to face-off in Florida two weeks before last Christmas, but the blockbuster bout fell apart when Fury broke a rib and picked up a chest infection.

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Woodley stepped in to fight Paul for a second time, but the result was the same as the American took down his rival with a brutal sixth round knockout. Afterwards, Paul hinted he could turn his attention to UFC, prompting a furious response from Fury who still seemed keen to work out a rematch with the social media star.

"The fact of the matter is there’s unfinished business here and this fight needs to take place, because how can he [Paul] be serious about fighting if he’s never fought a boxer before?” Fury told the MMC Hour in January. How can he be serious about this?

"He keeps referring to the UFC. If he wants to go and fight in the UFC, don’t put on a pair of boxing gloves again and go and fight in the UFC. Don’t call yourself a boxer if you’ve never ever fought one."

Paul will now return to the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden on August 13. But whether Fury will be his opponent in a bout that would no doubt whet the appetite of boxing fans all over remains to be seen.

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