Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley set to meet in second showdown
A preview of the upcoming boxing match between YouTube star Jake Paul and former MMA champion Tyron Woodley.
By Stone Lexington
Updated: Dec. 16, 2021 • 9:15 AM ET
Tyron Woodley - Wikimedia Commons
Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Tyron Woodley will attempt to deliver when he meets Jake Paul for a second time in the boxing ring on Saturday.
The first bout in August didn’t go Woodley’s way, as he lost to Paul via split decision after eight rounds of technical striking. One judge scored the bout 77-75 in favor of Woodley, while the other two judges had scores of 77-75 and 78-74 in favor of Paul. With the win, Paul moved to 4-0 in his brief boxing career.
The first fight with Paul was Woodley’s debut in a boxing ring, and his five-inch height disadvantage was evident from the opening bell. The former UFC star seemed reluctant to throw enough punches that may have allowed him to come out on top, and he’ll need to be much more active with his hands if he hopes to defeat Paul in a rematch that wasn’t supposed to take place this weekend.
Paul was scheduled to face undefeated boxer Tommy Fury (7-0) on Dec. 18, but Fury withdrew from the bout due to illness and injury. In steps Woodley, who certainly wanted another shot at Paul.
Paul still has a long way to go if he wants to legitimately challenge for titles in the boxing realm, but the 24-year-old showed against the 39-year-old Woodley in the first fight that he could have the tools to get there one day. Paul showed enough stamina to last all eight rounds, while his defense and skills with his fists were respectable.
While the first bout took place in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday’s bout is scheduled to take place in Tampa, Fla. Paul won’t have a hometown advantage this weekend, but his height and youth advantages still remain. The bout will be contested at 192 pounds and is slated for another eight rounds.
It’ll be interesting to see if there will be any additional stipulations added to the rematch, as the loser of the first fight had to get an inconvenient tattoo. In September, Woodley honored the precondition by getting a tattoo on his left middle finger that says “I love Jake Paul.”
Woodley is the only opponent Paul has failed to knock out, as Paul has knockout victories over YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA player Nate Robinson and MMA fighter Ben Askren. It’s difficult to determine how the second fight will go, but Paul will be favored when they step in the ring again.
• The main card can be seen on Showtime PPV at 9 p.m. ET this Saturday
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