On Friday night in Orlando, Florida, Jake Paul defeated Andre August with a first-round, highlight-reel knockout, kicking off the second act of his boxing career as he attempts to become a contender for the cruiserweight crown.

Paul (8-1, 5 KOs) unleashed a powerful right uppercut that struck August cleanly and sent him flying headfirst off the mat.

 There were only 28 seconds left in the first round when the referee ruled the fight off.

"He went night night and set up my shot," Paul, joined by his brother Logan Paul, the WWE's United States champion, stated.

"All of this is a necessary stage in the process of becoming a world champion. These folks obviously can't hang with me."

Paul faced former MMA fighters in his first six fights, which were crossover events.

Tommy Fury, the brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, was the opponent in his sixth fight, which ended in a decision.

The fight on Friday night signaled a change in strategy; Paul was matched up to earn experience rather than recognition as he prepared to run for a 200-pound title.

After an almost four-year break, August (10-2-1, 5 KOs) made a comeback in August and won a decision in a six-round bout. The 35-year-old was Paul's most seasoned opponent to date.

"Right now, I'm focused on being the best in the world and creating one of the greatest sports stories in the history of sports: being able to become a world champion from Disney Channel," Paul stated. "Now I'm lasered in."