Jake Paul, Tyron Woodley get into shoving match ahead of showdown
- Jake Paul will fight Tyron Woodley on Sunday
- Paul, a social media star, is known for his prefight pranks
- Earlier, Woodley took umbrage to Paul’s team members speaking “trash” to his mother
Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley got into a shoving match during their public appearance Saturday afternoon after an official weigh in earlier in the day. The incident happened as Paul was being interviewed while he was eating chicken fingers on stage. Tyron Woodley walked up to him to give him packets of wet wipes when Paul slapped away Woodley’s hands. He then shoved Woodley away and reached for Woodley’s hat, apparently in a bid to repeat his stunt with Floyd Mayweather in May. A great deal of pushing and shoving ensued on stage after which Woodley moved away.
The shoving match between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley comes two days after Woodley took umbrage with members of Paul’s team talking trash to Woodley’s mother, according to ESPN. Woodley had to be held back after the prefight news conference. Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley will go head-to-head on Sunday.
Earlier on Saturday, Jake Paul weighed in at 190 pounds at the Intercontinental Hotel for the catchweight bout. Meanwhile, Tryon Woodley — the former UFC welterweight champion — weighed in at 189.5 pounds, the heaviest Woodley has been in his combat sports career. Until now, Woodley has fought in the UFC exclusively at 170 pounds. This weekend, Woodley would be at a disadvantage. The fight is scheduled for eight 3-minute rounds.
Things first got ugly at Thursday’s prefight media conference when Tyron Woodley accused a member of Jake Paul’s team of “talking trash to” Woodley’s mother. Woodley tried to get to his mother across a crowded room. Heated words were exchanged between Woodley and Jake Paul’s family members. Tyron Woodley and his family members had to escorted out of the room.
Jake Paul, who has become known for his prefight pranks, has said that he wants to become the “biggest name in boxing”. A polarising figure, Jake Paul has a large following with the younger demographic. There are those who have followed him since he was 17 years old. Jake Paul also starred on the Disney Channel show “Bizaadvark”.