The latest chapter in Jake Paul’s boxing career ended in a first for the unbeaten social media star.
He went the distance.
Going up against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, Paul survived a scare in the 4th round where he got hurt and nearly knocked down to score a split decision victory. Paul won two of the three scorecards with scores of 77-75 and 78-74 while the third judge had Woodley winning 77-75.
It was Paul’s fourth fight as a pro, but it was the first fight that went to the scorecards.
Paul controlled the pace of the fight for most of it due to a combination of Paul’s boxing ability and Woodley’s hesitation to throw many punches in the first three rounds.
In the 4th round, Woodley hurt Paul with a big right hand and he probably should have gotten a knockdown called because the ropes held up Paul. That right hand gave Woodley a lot of confidence and started to walk down Paul, quickly turning momentum into the former UFC champion’s favor.
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Paul would recover soon afterwards and they each took turns landing hard lefts at each other, but more often than not Paul, would end winning the few exchanges they had. Woodley couldn’t muster up the same timing and power he had like in the fourth round where he hurt Paul.
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Paul’s boxing future is somewhat unknown given the unique nature of Paul’s career. There is the possibility of a fight against undefeated prospect Tommy Fury, the brother of Tyson Fury. Both Paul and Tommy have been at each other’s throats on social media for months and Tommy even opened the PPV card by beating Anthony Taylor by decision.
Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza confirmed to Fight Game Media during fight week that Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury is a possibility, but not a guarantee.
“That’s definitely a possibility, but not a foregone conclusion. That’s something that Jake has definitely discussed. In terms of long term, the social media, our support, it only takes you so far. At the end of the day, [Jake] is going to go as far as his talent takes him. That’s the great thing about boxing. At the end of the day, you settle it inside the ring and it speaks for himself. If Jake continues to improve himself, take bigger challenges and successfully beat them, the sky is the limit,” Espinoza said.
After the fight, Paul said he might take a bit of a break from fighting as he has been boxing for the past 18 months. Paul’s boxing future is up in the air with no date for a return, should he decide to fight once more, but Woodley wanted a rematch and tried to goad Paul into a rematch.