A YouTube star Jake Paul defeated former UFC welterweights champion Tyron Woodley on Sunday night on Showtime PPV in a split decision. Paul took a few shots but most was a aggressor in battle. Woodley called for a quick rematch but Paul said he "had a chance."
Jake Paul’s quest for official respect in boxing has taken a step forward in Sunday’s professional boxing tournament.
YouTube star and Social Media influencer, 24-year-old Paul has advanced to 4-0 as an expert in his toughest test so far by exposing former UFC champion Tyron Woodley on the decision to split. The 190-pound heavyweight battle, organized for eight rounds, is Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse which is the title of Paul’s hometown.
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Paul (4-0, 3 KOs) took points from 77-75 home judges and 78-74 while the third judge beat Woodley, 77-75. CBS Sports got 78-74 from Paul.
Paul said that, "I don't know what to say but he's a tough opponent, He has been boxing for 20 years, fighting and striking. I have been doing this for three years.
"This was a harder fight than I expected. My legs felt awkward from the changing room. I don't know what to say. He fought and came in good shape. I have nothing but respect for him. There was a lot of shit talking but I'm sorry if I offended his team."
Paul, has height of five inches and the natural size of the original, survived Round 4 in the wild where he ate a large right cross and may have needed ropes to catch him despite referee George Nichols deciding to challenge the knock. The problem with Woodley, 39, who lost his last four MMAs to close out his UFC contract, was that he hadn’t thrown enough punches to make Paul pay.
While Woodley (0-1), showing a polite and defensive approach in his boxing game, his jab was absent and his power fists were heavily telegraphed. Despite what appeared to be a clear win for Paul, who knocked Woodley out with a 71 to 52 limit, according to ShoStats, the former UFC player made a serious offense after fighting a quick rematch.