CARIBE ROYALE ORLANDO, FLORIDA — Jake Paul continued his quest to become a legitimate boxer when he faced Andre August, a multi-time Golden Gloves winner. It took less than a minute for Paul to give his fans an early holiday gift as he knocked out August in the first round.
Paul, who lost against Tommy Fury earlier in the year, ended 2023 on a high note. “The Problem Child” came out to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” with his brother Logan, the WWE United States Champion. Nobody was sitting down in the packed arena from the opening bell, as all you could see were phones. The time the fight lasted was enough for a simple Snapchat story.
Both fighters stayed in the center of the ring to open the fight. It appeared to be Paul’s happy place as he landed dangerous counter shots. August went for a hook, and that was all Paul needed to land a counter right uppercut to take him out. The crowd erupted when Paul got his hands raised.
He hit the snooze button
Ringside angle of the @jakepaul brutal first round knockout.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 16, 2023
“I said first-round knockout all week. I manifested it,” Paul said. “I said I needed to go back to the old ‘Problem Child.’ I’ve been too nice to people. He went night-night… I don’t know what I proved tonight. I’m just going to do me… He didn’t even last two minutes… All I wanted to do was give you a knockout for Christmas.”
Paul said his next move will be revealed next week. He did say he wants to face those with the skills of August, and money fights are always on the table. It should be noted rival KSI had a sparring session in the middle of the event.
In the co-main event, Franchon Crews-Dezurn returned to the top of the super middleweight division by edging Shadasia Green for the WBC super middleweight belt. Known for their power, both women managed to neutralize the other, though they managed to hit crisp shots on the inside. Crews-Dezurn did swing wildly at times, as seen by the 21 of 113 punches landed by round three (per CompuBox). However, those shots were effective.
Crews-Dezurn earned the unanimous decision win to take back a belt Savannah Marshall took from her earlier in the year. Per CompuBox, Crews-Dezurn landed 78 of 382 shots (20.4%) compared to 77 of 240 (32.1%) from Green. Green only landed double-digit shots twice, while Crews-Dezurn landed double-digit shots three times. It is expected there will be a unification rematch sometime in 2024.
Also on the card, Yoenis Tellez survived early trouble and dropped Livan Navarro with a vicious uppercut. The 23-year-old Cuban landed a shot in the tenth that put Navarro, who had his hands down late in the fight after controlling it early on, down for the count. It could be considered a late Knockout of the Year contender.
Lorenzo Medina defeated Joshua Temple in a heavyweight scrap. The two went back and forth in a battle of big men, with Medina getting a questionable stoppage win as Temple looked ready to continue.
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Jake Paul vs. Andre August live updates, results, highlights
Jake Paul knocks out Andre August
Round one: Jake pushed August back a bit with a few punches. Assessing the situation. Paul and August stayed in the middle of the ring. Paul landed combinations and multiple jabs. A counter shot by Paul on the side landed. After August went for a hook, Paul landed another counter shot that put August to the ground. The crowd went wild as Paul won.
The main event is up next: Jake Paul vs. Andre August. Paul came out with Logan, holding the WWE United States Title. The song for Paul was “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Franchon Crews-Dezurn holds gold again with win against Shadasia Green
Crews-Dezurn ended up getting the win via unanimous decision, holding gold once again.
a look at Crews Dezurn’s title-winning agressiveness in real time… pic.twitter.com/ipiztxTdqh
— CompuBox (@CompuBox) December 16, 2023
Round ten: Crews-Dezurn landed a hard right from the outside. By the ropes, both started swinging away. Green landed hard shots that pushed the former champion back. In the clinch, she had her by the ropes.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Green (97-93 Crews-Dezurn)
Round nine: Green landed a punch on the inside. Green just held her by the ropes. Crews-Dezurn hit body shots and hooks, and as she held, Green, she landed shots to the body. Green tried to land shots on the inside, but Crews-Dezurn absorbed them.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn (88-83 Crews-Dezurn)
Round eight: Crews-Dezurn pushed Green back towards the ropes. Tripping, Crews-Dezurn couldn’t avoid hard shots from Green. Back in the game, Crews-Dezurn landed overhand shots. It was really a round of holding.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn (78-74 Crews-Dezurn)
Round seven: Green’s power is neutralized. As I say that, Green decided to let loose. She landed jabs and counter hooks. Green landed another counter shot. Crews-Dezurn fought back with a few of her own. Chasing her down, Green landed combinations.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Green (68-65 Crews-Dezurn)
Round six: A slip by Green opened the round. Crews-Dezurn went back to landing shots on the inside. Green hit counter shots, but Crews-Dezurn responded with overhand rights. By the corner, Crews-Dezurn smothered Green. She landed combinations but missed a key hook.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn (59-55 Crews-Dezurn)
Round five: Green started to land solid jabs. She then landed an overhand shot. Green with a few jabs that pushed Crews-Dezurn back. They traded punches on the inside. Green with a body shot and she held Crews-Dezurn by the ropes.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Green (49-46 Crews-Dezurn)
Round four: Crews-Dezurn continued to dictate the pace. She forced Green back several times in the fight. Green had no answer early on.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn (40-36)
Round three: Things got chippy to open the round. Crews-Dezurn countered several shots with blows on the inside. She walked Green down and attacked the body. Green landed an overhand blow.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn (30-27)
Round two: Crews-Dezurn landed overhand shots and continued her assault on the body. Green landed a far shot to the face. They both swung away. Crews-Dezurn hit body shots and stayed with that attack. The rounds are going by fast since they are two minutes.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn (20-18)
Round one: Both started the fight strong, with Crews-Dezurn suffocating Green with shots on the inside. Green landed a head shot while Crews-Dezurn hit a blow to the body. On the inside, Crews-Dezurn landed punches.
SN unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Crews-Dezurn
9:30 p.m. ET: Up next is Shadasia Green vs. Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the WBC super middleweight title. These ladies can SWING. A lot of bad blood here as well. Shadasia Green just came out to The Undertaker’s theme music.
Arena is packed as the co-main is about to begin. Paul can indeed sell.
Yoenis Tellez finishes comeback with huge knockout against Livan Navarro
9:10 p.m. ET: Round ten had Tellez land an unguarded underhook. Navarro and Tellez traded shots to the delight of the crowd. Tellez landed a brutal counter uppercut that dropped Navarro to the floor. It’s all over. Wow!
Shut him down like a Macbook 💻
Nasty left from Yoenis Tellez knocked his opponent into a different dimension.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 16, 2023
9:05 p.m. ET: Tellez pushed forward in round six. Navarro fired back with shots that forced Tellez to retreat. The latter landed a shot to the body and head as Navarro attempted to duck. As the round came to a close, Navarro punished him with shots. Round seven had Tellez backed up by the ropes before bullying his way to the middle of the ring. Navarro won a violent exchange by landing uppercuts and hooks to the head. I was not expecting this to go to round eight. Navarro couldn’t believe it either. Round nine saw Navarro land inside shots, with some by the ropes and in the center of the ring. Tellez hit crisp head shots before the end of the round.
8:48 p.m. ET: Round three saw Navarro rebound and reactivate his assault from earlier. Tellez did land an overhand shot, but Navarro countered with body and uppercut shots. Tellez landed big shots that dropped Navarro to the floor. He looked like he was dazed. Tellez continued his onslaught. Round four saw both men landing crisp shots. Navarro was being chased but he still managed damaging shots. He landed an uppercut. Tellez fired back with shots of his own. He landed an overhand shot and combinations. Round five saw them trading shots, while also acting tentative. Navarro landed combinations, but the moment to end Tellez appeared to be earlier in the night.
8:35 p.m. ET: Navarro opened the fight with straight hooks that pushed Tellez back. He then went towards the body. By the ropes, Navarro landed in the clinch. They traded jabs. Tellez got pushed back as the crowd was getting concerned. A clean shot landed on to the face of Tellez. Round two saw Navarro punish Tellez by the ropes. Goading Tellez, Navarro paid for it with a few punishing blows. They traded shots, with Tellez getting some good blows in. He landed a body shot and another. It was a much better round for him.
8:25 p.m. ET: The next fight is Yoenis Tellez vs. Livan Navarro.
Medina ended up thanking Temple’s girlfriend for the motivation heading into the fight. That happened.
Lorenzo Medina def. Joshua Temple in violent heavyweight scrap
8:10 p.m. ET: Round five saw Temple get dropped, but again it was called a slip. Medina landed an overhand shot straight to his face. Temple landed an inside shot. Medina caught Temple in the sixth and went on the attack. The referee called the fight and Temple was shocked. Was that an early stoppage?
Thought he won after being knocked out?! 😩
Lorenzo Medina lived up to his name “The Giant Killer” after this brutal finish.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) December 16, 2023
8:05 p.m. ET: Round three saw jabs being traded. An overhand shot by Temple connected. Medina tried to fight back and Temple connected with shots of his own. Temple complained to the ref just as Medina landed a crisp shot to the face. A slip was called for Temple. Temple fought in the clinch, landing combinations that pushed Medina back. Body shots connected by both in the fourth. Medina landed a shot on the inside, and almost got as knockdown, but another drop was called a slip. Medina had his hands down. Temple took advantage with a hook to the face.
7:55 p.m. ET: Both stalked/lumbered towards one another to start, with Medina landing solid jabs. Temple went on the attack and had Medina by the corner. He then landed an overhand right. In round two, Temple knocked Medina down in round two. By the ropes, Temple continued his assault, landing lefts and rights. Medina landed quick shots that pleased the crowd.
7:45 p.m. ET: The first fight of the night is Lorenzo Medina vs. Joshua Temple in heavyweight action.
7:30 p.m. ET: The main card of Paul vs. August has started.
7:15 p.m. ET: On the last fight of the prelims, Elijah Flores defeated Javier Mayoral via unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)
6:30 p.m. ET: Opening the fight card, Zach Randolph defeated Michael Manna via decision, while Alexander Gueche beat Clayton Ward via TKO.
6 p.m. ET: Hello everyone, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Jake Paul vs. Andre August!
Jake Paul vs. Andre August results
- Jake Paul def. Andre August via KO (2:32 into round one)
- Franchon Crews-Dezurn def. Shadasia Green via unanimous decision (98-92, 97-93, 97-93) for the WBC super middleweight title
- Yoenis Tellez def. Livan Navarro via KO (1:21 into round ten)
- Lorenzo Medina def. Joshua Temple via TKO (0:29 into round six)
- Elijah Flores def. Javier Mayoral via unanimous decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)
- Alexander Gueche def. Clayton Ward via TKO (2:05 into round three)
- Zach Randolph def. Michael Manna (57-57, 60-54, 58-56)