TAMPA – Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley are ready to run it back.
Both boxers met the terms of their contracted limit for their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event, which airs live Saturday evening from AMALIE Arena in Tampa. The bout comes less than four months after Paul earned an eight-round split decision victory over Woodley this past August 29 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Paul’s childhood hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Paul (4-0, 3KOs) weighed 191.4 pounds for his third bout of the year and second since entering a deal with Showtime earlier this summer. The 24-year-old content creator now based out of Puerto Rico weighed 190 pounds for the first fight with Woodley and has been in the same weight range (189-191 ¾ pounds) for every fight since turning pro last January.
Woodley—a former longtime UFC welterweight champion—weighed 189.6 pounds, nearly identical to his weight of 189 ½ pounds for his boxing pro debut versus Paul earlier this summer. The 39-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri is a late replacement for England’s Tommy Fury (7-0, 4KOs), the younger brother of lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury but who was unable to move forward with the well-publicized grudge match after suffering a chest infection and broken rib.
Amanda Serrano (41-1-1, 30KOs) puts her unified WBC/WBO/IBO featherweight title reign on hold in a return to the lightweight division. The record-setting seven-division champion faces Madrid’s Miriam Gutierrez (14-1, 5KOs) in a scheduled ten-round non-title fight.
Serrano—a 33-year-old Puerto Rican southpaw from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn—weighed 133.8 pounds for her first fight back at lightweight since August 2014. Gutierrez clocked in at a fighting fit 133.6 pounds for her U.S. debut and second career bout outside of Spain. The lone other road trip resulted in her only career defeat, as Gutierrez dropped a ten-round, unanimous decision to undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (20-0, 6KOs) last November in London.
With a win on Saturday, Serrano will likely next face Taylor. The hoped-for super fight is being targeted for next spring at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In the second of two novelty fights on the PPV undercard, former NBA star Deron Williams and legendary NFL running back Frank Gore face each other in the scheduled four-round bout.
Williams weighed 211.2 pounds across his 6'3" frame, while the 5'9" Gore weighed 209.6 pounds. Both athletes make their respective pro debut at a maximum contract limit of 215 pounds.
Opening the telecast is a battle of unbeaten junior welterweights between Liam Paro (21-0, 13KOs), who hails from Brisbane, Australia, and Caguas, Puerto Rico’s Liam Paro (20-0-1, 12KOs). Paro weighed 139.4pounds for his first career fight outside of Australia. Alamo checked in at 139 pounds for his eighth consecutive fight in Florida; his previous seven have all come in Kissimmee.
Below are the weights for the non-televised portion of the undercard.
J’Leon Love (24-3-1, 13KOs), Las Vegas via Detroit, 197 pounds vs. Marcus Oliveira (28-5-1, 22KOs), Mayetta, Kansas, 198.6 pounds—8 rds, cruiserweight
Anthony Taylor (2-2, 1KO), Berkeley, California, 167.8 pounds vs. Chris Avila (0-1), Stockton, California, 166.4 pounds—4 rds, super middleweight
Jeovanny Estela (5-0, 2KOs), Orlando, 149.6 pounds vs. Chris Rollins (5-2-1, 4KOs), Charlottesville, Virginia, 149.4 pounds—4 rds, junior middleweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox