Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Paul
Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 06:00 PM EST at Amalie Arena
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An Eagerly Anticipated Rematch
This will be YouTube star Paul’s fifth fight. He made his professional debut back in January 2020, when he knocked out fellow YouTuber AnEnsonGib. In November that year, he beat former NBA player Nate Robinson by KO.
Following some verbal sparring online Paul’s next fight saw him clash with former Bellator MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren. Yet again, Paul secured an early TKO victory.
In August, he took on Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion, and he won it by a split decision. One judge scored it 77–75 for Woodley, but the other two judges scored it 77–75 and 78–74 in favor of Paul.
Paul was supposed to fight Tommy Fury, the brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, this weekend. However, the Brit pulled out of the fight as he has been suffering from a chest infection and a broken rib.
The organizers needed somebody to fill in, and Woodley was more than happy to grab a shot at avenging that defeat suffered in August.
The Problem Child vs. The Chosen One
Paul is 6 ft. 1 in., so he has a considerable height advantage over the 5 ft. 9 in. Woodley and he has a longer reach.
Woodley still wobbled Paul with a heavy right hand in the fourth round of the bout, but Paul did enough to scrape a narrow victory. He landed 71 total punches, compared to 52 for Woodley.
However, Woodley landed more power punches, so he was disappointed not to win. “I thought I won, to be honest,” Woodley said. “I was surprised it was a split decision. I thought it was close. My demeanor and my emotion are because I wanted to knock him out.
“I had a couple of big shots I landed, a couple of opportunities, and I think I had him hurt and I had him tired a couple of times and I didn’t press him. I should have pressed him a little more.”
He will get the opportunity to press the YouTuber-turned-prizefighter more when they get it on this weekend. The rematch is billed as “Leave No Doubt”.
“You know, I just thought to myself, it’s funny how these professionals like Tommy Fury, who is considered a professional boxer, get sick, breaks a rib, and doesn’t want to fight,” said Paul, replete with a ski mask, in the pre-fight press conference. “I’ve fought sick, I’ve fought hurt. You’ve got to go in there and get the job done, and then they’re like, ‘You’ve got Tyron Woodley now’.
“No problem. That’s why I’ve got the ski mask on. They’re going to give me a big bag to go and beat the guy I’ve already beat. This is a bank robbery.”
DraftKings has -250 on Paul to win the fight and +200 on Woodley to prevail.