Jake Paul(4-0, 3 KOs) has done it again. The Youtube star defeated former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley by split decision in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,000 fans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio(Showtime PPV) on Sunday night.
One judge had the fight 77-75 for Woodley, which was overruled by two judges’ scores of 78-74 and 77-75 for Paul.
This was a Paul’s biggest threat to date, and while it was not smooth sailing, the Ohio native, according to the judges, did enough to get the job done. According to ShoStats, the 24-year-old Paul threw more punches(207-163) and outlanded Woodley (71-52), but Woodley did land more power punches, including a right hand that almost dropped Paul in the fourth round.
“He hit me with one shot the whole fight, and it was a good shot,” Paul said. “It was one real good shot. I don’t know what that one judge saw. But l still got the victory. For me to come here and go eight rounds in my fourth fight, who does that? I’m doing things that have never been done.”
The 39-year-old Woodley, who made his pro boxing debut on Sunday night, believes he did enough to get the nod.
“I feel like I won the fight,” he said. “Jake is a great opponent. I didn’t expect him to eat my punches like that. But the fact that one judge only gave me two rounds is insane. Forget that Tommy Fury fight. Let’s run that back. Nobody is going to sell the PPV like we did. The ropes held him up when I hit him. I could have had that knockdown. I walked him down and landed back time and time again. I landed power punches; he missed shots all night.”
There was a lot of trash-talking leading up to this fight, but according to Paul, there are no hard feelings between him and Woodley.
“I don’t know what to say – he was a tough opponent, and he’s been fighting for so many years, and I’m still new to this,” said Paul. “My legs felt weird; I wasn’t sure what was wrong with me. All respect to Tyron, though. He’s a Hall of Famer and put up a good fight. I have nothing but respect for him. There’s no hard feelings. This feels amazing to do this for my city, and it’s a dream come true.”
We may not have seen world-class boxing between Paul and Woodley. However, these guys are new to the sport, so it’s understandable, but give Paul credit, he seems to be showing signs of improvement.
At this point, hate it or love it, Paul is one of the cash cows of boxing.
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