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Ex-UFC star Tyron Woodley reveals four-fight boxing plan including Jake Paul twice, Oscar De La Hoya and ‘a current guy’

TYRON WOODLEY has revealed his four-fight boxing plan including Jake Paul twice, Oscar De La Hoya and ‘a current guy’.

The former UFC champion faces Paul on Sunday, August 29 in what will be his boxing debut.

Jake Paul fights Tyron Woodley on August 29

But Woodley – who made four title defences from 2016-2018 – is now eyeing a stay in the boxing business having left the UFC this year.

His fight with Paul includes a rematch clause if the YouTuber is beaten – and a bet with the loser getting ‘I love’ the winner tattooed on them.

It means Woodley expects a double header with the social media star, but then he wants to face the returning De La Hoya, 47.

He said: “I want to pay respect to the sport. I would like to fight an OG, a veteran, somebody that’s been in the sport for a long time.

“De La Hoya’s name got thrown around a little bit. To enter into somebody’s sport, I think you’ve got to do it in a respectful way.

“I think we’re fighting a seasoned veteran first, and then maybe fighting a current stud. I think that’s the way you get the respect.

“I’ll fight (Paul) probably a couple of times, because he’s going to be walking around with a ‘I love Tyron Woodley’ tattoo on his body.

“So you might as well try and get it back – try and get a chance to redeem yourself. So we’re probably going to fight a couple of times.

Oscar De La Hoya is returning to the ring

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“He added the no competition – who does that when they’re confident?

“I really believe that fighting him a few times, fighting an OG in the boxing game, and fighting a current guy, there’s no way you can’t respect me now.

“Put those four fights together.”

Woodley, 39, walked out on the UFC after four straight losses, without a win in three years.

But he is now committed to a future in boxing, and spent time training with Floyd Mayweather, 44, ahead of his grudge match with Paul, 24.

How Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley compare ahead of their boxing match

Woodley said: “I’m in boxing now. I’m here, and you’re going to have this microphone by my face a lot because I ain’t going nowhere.

“I’m going to be fighting real boxers, and they’re going to have a problem to deal with – and it’s going to be me.

“At the end of the day, I’m in boxing right now. He’s my first opponent. This is your and everybody else’s first chance to watch me box.

“I’m in boxing – there’s no ifs. I’m at the ‘know’ level right now. I don’t think – there’s no ifs.

“Yes, I will win. I will knock him out. I am in boxing.”

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