Tyson Fury: “If Tommy Can’t Splatter Jake Paul, I’ll Retire Him From Boxing Myself”
By: Hans Themistode
Both Tommy Fury and Jake Paul continue to hurl every derogatory word in the dictionary at one another.
After the pair picked up wins on the same card on August 29th, Fury’s coming against Anthony Taylor and Paul’s coming against Tyron Woodley, the two were seen backstage jawing back and forth. In an effort to have Fury put a sock in it, Paul has offered him a one million dollar purse. Although that may appear to be a hefty sum, Fury has turned it down as he seeks a bigger payday from Paul.
If the two are finally able to work out their financial differences, Tyson Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion and half brother of Tommy Fury, will be in attendance to watch them square off. While Tyson fully expects his younger sibling to take care of business against the social media star, if for some reason he comes up short, there’s a good chance he disowns him.
“His name’s Fury,” said Tyson Fury during an interview with Boxing Social. “If he can’t beat Jake Paul, I’ll have to change his name.”
The focus of Tyson Fury’s recent conversation may center around his half brother, but the current heavyweight belt holder has his own business to attend to. In just a few more days on October 9th, in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Fury will put his title on the line against Deontay Wilder in a highly anticipated rematch.
Discussing his upcoming showdown, however, is inconsequential in the mind of Fury as he believes he’ll defeat Wilder faster than the seventh round stoppage victory he registered in 2020. With the majority of the betting public predicting that Tyson Fury will take care of business once more, Tommy Fury doesn’t have that same backing.
According to most, a matchup between Tommy Fury and Jake Paul is much more of a coin flip. Regardless of the outside belief surrounding their possible matchup, Tyson Fury recalls a time where he spoke one on one with his half brother. During those conversations, Tyson recollects his younger sibling sharing his goals and dreams in the sport of boxing. If, however, Tommy can’t defeat someone with only a few years of boxing experience, then Tyson Fury is convinced that everything else his brother is hoping for simply won’t come to fruition.
“If Tommy can’t splatter Jake Paul, I’ll retire him from boxing myself. He’s got ambitions of being a world champion, never mind beating some YouTube guy.”
Claressa Shields speaks in-depth about MMA training, why she would never fight on a Jake Paul Undercard, and why MMA fans are more loyal to fighters
Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Women In Sports Foundation
Claressa Shields begins the second chapter of her MMA career on October 27 against Abigail Montes of Mexico.
After years of dominance in the squared circle, Shields admits the rise inside the cage is a more frustrating one. Likening personal achievements in the octagon to being a “kid in a candy store,” each passing day presents new opportunities for the boxing “GWOAT” to climb the ranks in her new discipline.
Speaking to BoxingInsider.com in-depth on Zoom, Shields discusses the inner workings of her MMA preparation, why she would never fight on a Jake Paul undercard, her admiration for her fellow women fighters (particularly Katie Taylor), and Flint Strong the upcoming film based on her life starring actress/singer Ryan Destiny.
Is Claressa the boxer different from Claressa the MMA fighter?
CS: I would say when I think about myself inside of boxing, I don’t have any doubts. And I don’t have many frustrations. And then when I look at myself inside the cage, because I’m just now starting, I don’t have doubts, but I have more frustrations. So I feel like when I do good in MMA, I feel like a little kid inside the candy store. And then when I do good in boxing, it’s like ‘You’re the GWOAT, that’s what you’re supposed to do.’
I just accept it more when it’s in boxing, but when I’m in MMA and I’m doing it, it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. So to be winning fights and have any success in training and stuff like that. I feel like a kid in a candy store.
There’s a disparity in how women are promoted in MMA vs boxing. But within that, the fans seem to respect [women] MMA fighters more than boxing fans. What do you think the MMA fans have figured out that boxing fans haven’t?
CS: I think the MMA fans have figured out loyalty. I feel like in boxing we have this thing where you have to be an undefeated fighter for us to respect you. In MMA. They’re like ‘We’re gonna respect every MMA fighter especially the ones who we cheer for win Lose or Draw because it takes so much to get inside the cage and so much to be great at that sport.’
Same thing with boxing it takes a lot to be great at boxing too. But I feel like the boxing fans, are just like if you’re not undefeated then they don’t respect you as being the great that you are. You have one bad night…I mean we watched Anthony Joshua be damn near a unified champ and He lost to Andy Ruiz. I feel like the UK boxing fans are some of the most loyal fans to their fighters. And they all kind of flipped on AJ, you know, and saying like, “Oh, he’s not as good as everybody thinks,” or “he fights like an amateur. He got too much muscle.” They were saying all these mean things about him.
Nobody was saying mean stuff when he was knocking all the good guys out. Then in MMA, like I said, Conor McGregor. I don’t know he lost his last two MMA fights last three. But guess what? His fans still show up to the arena to see him. Still say Conor McGregor is the goat, still, respect Conor McGregor regardless of his losses. That’s just the difference between the two fans. I feel like in MMA, I’m respected so much because boxers don’t make the switch to MMA
What’s a narrative you’ve heard out there that you just don’t want to hear any more?
CS: Women can’t sell tickets, you know, or women don’t have a large fan base. I don’t want to hear that shit no more because it’s a lie. I think it’s time for women in boxing to start getting the opportunities that men get to start being able to fight on major cards, pay per view, main events on all these networks, and also being paid correctly. You know, they make up all these excuses as to why women don’t get paid the same as the men.
Will we see a battle of the sexes match between men and women boxers?
CS: I’ve actually had an exhibition fight against a man. It was an exhibition by in Flint, Michigan for a charity event. And I boxed against this boxer from Detroit. I don’t know his name, they said his nickname was Mooka. I boxed against him and this was before they started all this exhibition stuff that they got now. I literally had on a dress, it was a ball gown dress. I ended up changing into my boxing outfit and me and him boxed 4 rounds. This was in 2014, 2015. I think it’s definitely possible, it just depends on what females you picking.
Thoughts on Jake Paul:
CS: I basically said to Jake Paul can beat me in a boxing match and I’ll never fight on an undercard of his. But I also said, to my knowledge, Amanda Serrano made $75,000 for her fight. And I’m like, but the guys made millions. That wasn’t right. The fact that what she was paid wasn’t right and that she wasn’t the main event wasn’t right TO ME. And that’s why I wouldn’t do it. And people were like oh, you [taking a shot at] Serrano? But I was like a no, the shot was clearly to Jake Paul.
Claressa Shields will face Abigail Montes at the 2021 PFL Championship on Wednesday, October 27th!
For our full, in-depth interview, visit BoxingInsider.com on YouTube or click below.
Jake Paul Signs Amanda Serrano To Most Valuable Promotions
By: Hans Themistode
Jake Paul isn’t just making his mark in the boxing world by stepping into the ring. He’s now doing so on the business end of things as well.
Earlier this year, the social media star and Nakisha Bidarian, Paul’s advisor, founded Most Valuable Promotions. With their first big move, Paul and his promotional company has inked former nine-time women’s champion, Amanda Serrano. Paul’s announcement may have come as a surprise to the boxing world but after building a close connection with Serrano, Paul believes it was an easy decision.
“She’s always been super cool,” said Paul to ESPN. “I feel like we’re very similar in many ways. I have to vibe with someone to work with them. We’re like a family at the end of the day with MVP.”
Aside from Serrano’s effervescent personality, the 32-year-old is considered one of the best fighters in the world. Currently, Serrano’s numerous world titles, which are spread across seven different weight classes, represent a world record in women’s boxing.
As Paul took a deep dive into Serrano’s overall skills and accomplishments, not only does he believe that the 32-year-old deserves a spot on his promotional roster but he’s also fully convinced that this is just the first step towards her superstardom.
“When you go to the statistics, Amanda being the number one pound for pound boxer and greatest Hispanic female athlete of all time. It’s a no-brainer. She’s gotten this far with just her skills and not really much help. She hasn’t had someone with a big platform to really put her on. She’s so marketable and really, the sky is the limit.”
In Serrano’s most recent trip to the ring, she easily retained her WBC, WBO, and IBO featherweight titles against Yamileth Mercado. Their contest took place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, in Cleveland, Ohio on August 29th, and served as the co-main event to Jake Paul’s showdown against former UFC star, Tyron Woodley, a contest Paul would ultimately win.
Following the lopsided victory, Serrano pocketed $75,000 for her efforts. Paul, however, later revealed that he would be giving Serrano $500,000 of his own money to add to her purse. Serrano though, claims that she hasn’t received the full bonus payment.
Regardless of the financial disagreement, Serrano has decided to allow Paul to guide the latter stages of her career. With one of the most recognizable figures in all of women’s boxing now fully a part of his stable, Paul is now convinced that he is ushering in an entirely new wave of how to handle the business side of boxing.
“There’s a new era of boxing and there’s a new way of promoting these fights and there’s a new way of to become a big fighter. She already has the skills and now we’re going to add our secret sauce to the equation. I see a massive, massive future for her.”
Tyron Woodley: ‘I Think I’m Getting This Tattoo Saturday”
By: Hans Themistode
After carefully thinking things over, Tyron Woodley has decided to honor his bizarre bet with Jake Paul.
Before the two tangoed on August 29th, at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, the pair openly agreed to an intriguing wager. The loser of their showdown would be forced to get the winner’s name tattooed on them with the preceding words “I love.”
With Woodley coming up short, losing a fairly close split decision, Paul was expecting the former UFC star to immediately get inked following their fight.
Sensing a bit of regret, Woodley stated that he would only go through with the bet if he was granted an immediate rematch. As several weeks have now gone by, Paul believes Woodley has been disingenuous about their arrangement and is now moving in another direction.
Apoplectic that he was handed a defeat in his pro boxing debut, Woodley is demanding that the two run things back. While he would love nothing more than to get Paul back in the ring, Woodley feels somewhat contrite for not getting the tattoo in the first place. In an effort to prove that he’s a man of his word, Woodley revealed that he’ll officially go through with their handshake agreement and get the tattoo in the next few days.
“I think the most sensible thing to do is run it back,” said Woodley during an interview with Ariel Helwani. “I think I’m getting this tattoo Saturday, by the way. Yeah, I just feel like I should do it because it’s a solid thing to do. Yeah, I’m going to do it Saturday.”
Woodley, 39, reportedly took home two million dollars after the fight. Also, the former MMA star garnered additional pay-per-view money as the event reportedly sold roughly 500,000 in total.
Woodley’s last-minute efforts to placate Paul’s wishes, however, could be too little too late. The newbie boxer is now angling towards a showdown against Tommy Fury. So far, Paul has gone as far as to offer Fury $1 million dollars, something Fury has openly turned down.
Jake Paul Feels Differently Now About Jake Paul: “He’s Earned My Respect”
By: Hans Themistode
Ben Askren laid back into his chair, folded his hands, and turned on his television. The former Mixed Martial Arts star was eager to see how the matchup would unfold between his good friend and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and former opponent, social media star turned professional boxer, Jake Paul.
As the two exchanged fists for eight rounds on August 29th in Cleveland Ohio, Askren revealed how he scored it. While he believes his judgment was fair, he acknowledges that Woodley may have gotten preferential treatment due to their friendship.
“I might be biased but I had it 5-3,” said Paul during a self-recorded video. “He was more aggressive, he was stalking and he was landing more effective punches. Jake definitely out volumed him but I did not think the volume was all that effective.”
Although Askren believes Woodley should have been given the victory, it was Paul who stretched his professional boxing record to 4-0 on the night. As Askren watched closely, his entire thought process surrounding Paul began to change.
Just four months prior, both Paul and Askren met in the ring in Askren’s boxing debut. While technically, Paul had more experience, having knocked social media star Ali Eson Gib and former NBA player Nate Robinson, Askren believed that the years he spent in the cage would offset the head start Paul had in the sport of boxing.
Ultimately though, Askren was wrong. Like Paul’s previous two opponents, the social media star bounced Askren’s head off the canvas in the first round before picking up the knockout victory. Still, even with the end result, Paul did nothing to earn the respect of Askren.
“I wanted to knock Jake Paul’s head off but it didn’t happen. I knew I wasn’t very good at boxing, I told all of you that I’m not a very good boxer but I just think I’m better than he is. When he got a knockout on me, I was like whatever, he didn’t earn my respect.”
Picking up a victory against Woodley, however, has changed Askren’s mind. It’s one thing to pocket a win against a fighter who readily admits that boxing isn’t something he excels in, it’s something else entirely when Paul is able to grind out a close victory against someone with the credentials of Woodley, albeit in an entirely different sport.
“I have a lot of respect for Tyron’s striking ability and I think Tyron won the fight but either way, it was a really highly competitive bout. I think it’s pretty evident, and the only way you’re not going to think this is if you really hate the guy, but it’s pretty evident to me that he’s worked pretty hard at this and he’s pretty tough. He took some pretty big shots from Tyron and kept fighting. He’s earned my respect for sure.”
Jake Paul Only Willing To Give Tyron Woodley A Rematch Under One Condition: “Get The tattoo, Put It On Instagram”
By: Hans Themistode
Although he faced several sticky moments, Jake Paul knew he had done more than enough to earn a victory in the biggest fight of his career. The social media star outpointed former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
To start things off, Paul appeared to dominate the action while Woodley sat back and refused to let his hands go. Ultimately though, the future Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Famer found his rhythm in the fourth. The 39-year-old landed the biggest shot of the night which threw Paul into the ropes.
Despite facing adversity for the first time in his career, Paul went on to win a split decision. As he continues to hear the nonstop chatter surrounding his boxing abilities, with a victory over a respected name like Woodley, more so in the MMA world than the boxing community, Paul believes his naysayers are running out of things to criticize him about.
“I won convincingly,” said Paul following his victory. “We’re gonna go back to the drawing board, but I think I proved a lot tonight.”
While Paul is firmly of the belief that he made things look relatively easy against Woodley, the former UFC star believes he was given a raw deal. Immediately following the results, Woodley demanded that the two-run things back. Paul, 24, is more than willing to do so, but only under one condition.
During the lead-up of their showdown, both Paul and Woodley verbally agreed to a bizarre bet. The loser of their showdown would have to get a tattoo stating “I love Jake Paul” or “I love Tyron Woodley”, depending on who won.
With the dust now cleared and Paul emerging as the winner, Paul wants Woodley to pay up. In an effort to entice the former UFC welterweight champion, Paul revealed that he might be willing to give Woodley a shot at redeeming himself in a rematch if he goes through with the bet.
“I told him, if he wants to get the tattoo, put it on his Instagram. Permanent tattoo. Then maybe we’ll talk about it.”
Boxing Betting — Late Word on the Odds For the Jake Paul – Tyron Woodley Fight
By: Charles Jay
Just so you’re aware, Tyron Woodley is the former UFC welterweight champion and has a very solid background as a collegiate wrestler, becoming an All-American at Missouri (he’s actually a native of Ferguson, which should sound familiar).
He has won seven of his fights by knockout, which isn’t bad. He has been a “teammate”of Ben Askren, who didn’t last long with Jake Paul.
And so now I guess it’s personal, as Woodley called out the YouTube star after that fight.
He last fought in the UFC in March, losing by a decision to Vicente Luque. That was his fourth consecutive defeat; a streak that began when he lost his welterweight title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
On Sunday night he will climb into the boxing ring against Paul, who has won his first three fights by KO.
As this fight fast approaches, it looks as if, on balance, there has been some late support for Woodley coming in.
Currently we see a range of prices on Paul to win – the best price we’ve seen is -171, with the biggest price at -213.
If you really want a better price, take Paul to win by a KO, TKO or disqualification. In this instance, you can get a price of -125. Of course, remember that this fight is scheduled for eight rounds.
And that having been said, if you really think the fight will go the entire distance, you could get anywhere from +700 to +800.
You may be a supporter of Tyron Woodley. Many people have weighed in on the side in the last few days. At one of the sportsbooks we observed +183 on him, which might be the best you can find. We’ve seen +175 as well. The best price we’ve seen on Woodley winning inside the distance is +200. And as far as the decision is concerned, you’re going to get a long price there, as high as +1800.
Regarding the over-under, you could, for example, get -125 on “over” 2.5 rounds, and about -118 on the “under.”
My feeling about these fights is that I know Jake Paul has gone through the process of becoming a fighter, whether or not he has the ability to ultimately become a very good one.
The process is somewhat different from being an MMA fighter, even a top MMA fighter, perhaps not so much in terms of conditioning but certainly technique.
And from that standpoint, Paul has an advantage over Woodley. I say that because I don’t believe over the course of a few months that Woodley is going to work himself into being a professional fighter.
That’s just my opinion.
So even if Paul is not the most polished guy, if he is persistent over the course of the fight, he will eventually stop Woodley. It’s tough to go eight rounds in your first pro fight.
Let’s add something too – it doesn’t necessarily matter how many fights you’ve had. It matters how long you have been doing it. Jake Paul has been at this for about three years. Woodley hasn’t.
A quick word about a heavyweight fight on the undercard. Daniel Dubois, if motivated and in shape, isn’t letting Joey Cusamano get too far. You can get +190 out there (well, at least at one place) that the fight will go less than a half a round. Most of the places we have looked at are offering a round and half as the over-under, and there’s at least one place where you can get +210. For the most part, you are laying a price, as high as -175. You can get +130 on the “under,” and won’t have to lay more than -120.
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic Believes Jake Paul Should Be Taken Seriously: “He Trains Hard”
By: Hans Themistode
No matter what Jake Paul attempts to accomplish in the sport of boxing, the social media star continues to get castigated by the majority of the public. Having starred on Bizaardvark, a former Disney Channel series, before ultimately focusing on his social media presence, Paul has now turned his attention to boxing.
Despite holding an undefeated record, having beaten the likes of fellow social media star Ali Eson Gib, Nate Robinson, and most recently, former MMA star Ben Askren, Paul continues to tell all who will listen that he’s the real deal. While his words have gone through one ear and out the other of those in boxing circles, Stipe Miocic, a former UFC heavyweight champion and former Golden Gloves boxing winner in his younger years, believes Paul is taking the sport as serious as possible.
“He’s not just doing it because he has nothing else to do,” said Miocic during an interview on The Wheelhouse with Jake Asman, Cody Stoots, and Brad Kellner on ESPN 97.5 Houston. “He trains hard.”
Although Miocic encourages fans to take the 24-year-old Paul seriously, on the outside looking in, his antics haven’t exactly bought him many supporters in the boxing community. Even now, as Paul is mere hours away from taking on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, most of the boxing world still has a difficult time taking him seriously.
In Woodley, Paul faces someone who, while a significant step up in competition, isn’t considered a boxer as he’ll be making his pro debut. Regardless of those sentiments, Miocic was given first-hand experience of the work ethic of the social media star. Considering that Miocic knows good and well what it takes for a professional athlete to succeed at the highest level, he was left impressed with what he saw.
“I watched him train. He did a bunch of interviews, came out did a podcast then after that he went to the gym. He made sure he got his workout in and that was the main thing.”
Jake Paul: 190, Tyron Woodley: 189.5, Fight Official Set
By: Hans Themistode
With the scale representing the final hurdle before Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley settle their beef in the ring, it was officially cleared just a short while ago.
First up to the scale was Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion who is making his pro boxing debut. For the vast majority of his mixed martial arts career, the 39-year-old has competed at 170 pounds. As he showed off his ripped physique, Woodley weighed in at a career-high 189.5 pounds.
Paul, who will be fighting in front of a hometown Cleveland crowd at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, weighed in only slightly heavier than Woodley at 190.
The customary tense staredowns that immediately take place following weigh-ins were nowhere to be found as both fighters went their separate ways. Instead, the pair will do a second weigh-in later this afternoon at 5 p.m., which will be viewed as more ceremonial.
Paul vs. Woodley will headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View that will be available for $59.99.
Despite Woodley’s extensive fighting background, he’s pegged as the slight underdog. While he’s often considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, Woodley appears to be on the downside of his career. He’s currently riding a four-fight losing streak in the UFC’s octagon.
In addition to Woodley’s current form, Paul will walk into their showdown with several physical advantages. For starters, the social media star will enjoy a four-inch height and two-inch reach advantage. He’ll also be the much younger man at 24.
Paul’s experience, while limited, still dwarfs that of Woodley, at least in the boxing ring. In mid-April earlier this year, Paul picked up the third straight knockout win of his pro boxing career, stopping former MMA star and good friend of Woodley, Ben Askren.
Paul vs. Woodley kicks off at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Jake Paul: “For The Kids, Your Grandpa Had Muhammad Ali, Your Dad Had Floyd Mayweather, This Generation Has Jake Paul”
By: Hans Themistode
Becoming a star is essentially inevitable in the mind of Jake Paul. The former YouTube/Disney star has successfully transitioned to the professional boxing world. And due to his following before he laced up the gloves, his numbers have continued to skyrocket.
After stopping fellow social media star Ali Eson Gib and former NBA player Nate Robinson, both in the first round, Paul headlined his first Pay-Per-View card earlier this year. Standing across the ring from him was former Mixed Martial Arts star, Ben Askren. Reportedly, over one million interested viewers bought the event and witnessed Paul pick up yet another first-round win.
Considering the numbers, Paul believes he’s becoming absolutely must-watch television.
“I am on a trajectory to become the biggest prizefighter in the world,” said Paul during an interview with Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast.
Currently, Paul is watching the sand in the hourglass wind down as he prepares to take on former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. The two are set to face off at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, in Cleveland, this coming Sunday, August, 29th.
Despite Woodley coming in at an advanced age of 39 and regardless of this being his pro debut, he’s considered by many to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever. While his credentials are recognized, Woodley is still pegged as the underdog heading in.
Since turning to boxing full time in 2020, Paul has continued to bring in an extreme amount of eyeballs. His ability to draw crowds no matter whom he fights has Paul firmly of the belief that his star power rivals some of the greatest to ever step foot inside the ring.
With each generation having a certain fighter that those around him looked up to, Paul believes that himself, not pound for pound stars such as Canelo Alvarez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., and others, is set to be the most talked-about fighter of his generation.
“For the kids, I look like Mike Tyson. Your grandpa had Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. Your dad had Floyd Mayweather, this generation has Jake Paul.”
Mike Tyson On Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley Fight: “Jake’s Gonna Beat Him”
By: Sean Crose
You don’t have to be an MMA fanatic to understand that Tyron Woodley was some kind of fighter in the octagon. The man held the UFC welterweight title for close to three years – that’s no short period of time in the UFC world. On top of that Woodley bested the likes of Robbie Lawler, Darren Till and Stephen Thomson – notable competition all around. Now, however, Woodley is about to step into the boxing ring as a professional for the first time in his life. This at the age of 39 and after having lost his last four battles in the UFC.
Woodley’s opponent? Jake Paul. Yes, that Jake Paul. Although some may feel Woodley’s seriousness and combat sport experience will allow him to defeat Paul in the ring when the two meet next Sunday in a Triller pay per view main event, legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson is of a different mind. “Jake’s gonna beat him,” Tyson said openly on his podcast. “Woodley’s not a puncher like that, that’s why he wants to fight this guy, to get his last payday probably.” Not that Tyson, who gets as much respect among UFC fans as he does boxing fans, doesn’t hold Woodley in high regard.
“I’m proud of them,” he said of both combatants. “He’s (Paul’s) fighting an experienced fighter. That’s so cool.” Paul has taken his share of criticism, not only for his obnoxious antics, but for not fighting any serious boxers. Paul, however, has rightly said that most boxers fight light competition when things start off. “I don’t know,” said Tyson, “Paul’s a real good striker, and I think people do him a disservice when they go in there and say, ‘He’s blonde-haired and blue-eyed, he’s a white boy’, and I think that also builds their courage up and causes them to get knocked out.”
Tyson may have had a well earned ferocious reputation back in the day, but the man has always been gifted with keen insight. He’s probably one of the most knowledgeable people on earth in regard to boxing’s long history. Tyson also knows from first hand experience what it’s like to engage in ring combat and the psychology that goes with it. That being said, Woodley has been working with the one and only Floyd Mayweather, who is clearly of a different mind than Tyson when it comes to this weekend’s fight with Paul. Woodley also appears to be determined to emerge from the battle victorious. In other words, he seems to see this bout as more than a lark.
Jake Paul: “I’m Putting The YouTube Community, Disney Channel, TikTokers On My Back”
By: Hans Themistode
No matter who steps into the ring, there’s always a chance that things go the opposite of the way many were expecting.
As Mike Tyson laid flat on his back during his 1990 showdown against journeymen James “Buster” Douglas, virtually no one expected their showdown to have that end result. The same can be said for Andy Ruiz Jr. and his colossal upset over unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua in 2019.
Matches such as though serve as a constant reminder that boxing is an unpredictable sport. But as Jake Paul sits down and analyzes his upcoming showdown against Tyron Woodley this Sunday night at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, he simply can’t wrap his brain around the thought of himself losing.
“There’s not a possibility of me losing this fight,” said Paul during an interview with Brian Custer on the Last Stand Podcast.
Currently, Paul is pegged as the betting favorite to take down the former UFC welterweight champion in what will be his pro boxing debut. Regardless of the odds, Woodley believes those who doubt him will be proven erroneous. While he hasn’t fought at the professional level in a boxing ring, Woodley is widely considered to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. The 39-year-old has, however, suffered losses in his past four appearances in the octagon.
In an effort to accelerate his boxing skills, Woodley has spent his time working closely with newly inducted Hall of Famer and former five-division champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
With Woodley stating on numerous occasions that he refuses to lose to a former YouTuber/Disney movie star, Paul has embraced his upcoming opponent’s trash talk.
As an influx of social media stars continue to make their way to the boxing ring, Paul feels as though he’s leading the charge. After starring in the Disney series Bizaardvark for roughly two years, Paul refuses to let his past acting life define his boxing future.
“I’m putting the YouTube community on my back, I’m putting the Disney channel on my back. I’m putting the TikTokers on my back, I’m putting all the people who weren’t supposed to become something or do something or get hated on because they’re doing shit differently, I’m putting them on my back. I’m putting my family on my back, my team on my back. My motivation is too strong. I’m a mental savage.”
Jake Paul Believes He’s A “Much Better Fighter” Than Both Avni Yildirim And Billy Joe Saunders
By: Hans Themistode
Not only does Jake Paul continue to reiterate that at some point, he’ll take on a professional boxer but also, in the near future, he’ll be well equipped to take on Canelo Alvarez.
For now though, the social media star will face someone who isn’t well versed in the boxing ring. On August 29th, Paul will take on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. While Paul has openly admitted that Woodley will present him with a much more difficult fight than Ali Eson Gib, Nate Robinson and Ben Askren, his three previous victims, he’s also extremely confident that he’ll still pick up the knockout victory.
With the win virtually guaranteed in his mind, Paul would like to shift his focus to Alvarez. Currently, the Mexican native is in possession of the WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine super middleweight titles. He’s also considered by most as the number one fighter in the world.
Still, regardless of the superlative words used to describe him, Paul believes that in just a few short years, he’ll be able to compete with him. Although Alvarez stopped his two most recent opponents in Avni Yildirim and Billy Joe Saunders, Paul has absolutely no doubt that at this very moment, his overall skills dwarfs that of those previously mentioned names.
“I’m a much better fighter than both of those boxers,” said Paul to a group of reporters. “I’m bigger, faster, stronger, and more athletic.”
Alvarez, 30, made things look incredibly easy against Yildirim earlier this year, stopping him in the third round. As for Saunders, he proved to be much more difficult. The British native and former two-division titlist gave Alvarez fits during their showdown in early May. Ultimately though, Alvarez stopped his man in the eighth round, breaking his right orbital bone and shattering his eye socket in the process.
Regardless of the end result, Paul was seemingly unimpressed with the way things played out. While he wouldn’t go as far as to say that he’s prepared to challenge Alvarez at this very moment, Paul does believe that in only a handful of years, he just might be able to hold his own.
“If Billy Joe Saunders, who fights like a wild chicken, can go in there and get a payday and fight Canelo and last that many rounds or Yildirim the Turkish Warrior can last three rounds, can Jake Paul in three years go 12 rounds with him and beat him? We’ll see.”
Jake Paul On Tyron Woodley Showdown: “I Saw A Man Who Accepted A Fight Mostly For A Paycheck”
By: Hans Themistode
Tyron Woodley has accomplished plenty in his mixed martial arts career.
At one point, he was considered the best UFC welterweight in the world and one of the best fighters around. However, at the age of 39 and riding a four-fight losing streak, the end of his career appears to be near.
Still, despite his advanced age and unfortunate luck in the octagon recently, Woodley has expressed an enormous amount of hubris as he prepares for his boxing showdown against Jake Paul on August 29th. But while Woodley believes he’s going to take Paul out in devastating fashion, Paul simply shakes his head as he’s firmly of the belief that Woodley is only in this to fatten his bank account.
“I saw a man who accepted a fight mostly for a paycheck,” said Paul during a press conference earlier today. “I saw a man who doesn’t really have fight left in him. I saw a man who’s been defeated multiple times now and who will be finished and sent into retirement by a YouTube Disney star boxer.”
While Paul has, in fact, built his name through several Disney television series and his social media presence, he has turned into a more than capable boxer. Under the tutelage of BJ Flores, Paul has raced out to a 3-0 start to his career, albeit against inexperienced competition.
After making quick work of fellow social media star Ali Eson Gib and former NBA player Nate Robinson, Paul picked up the biggest win of his career, stopping former MMA star and close friend of Woodley in Ben Askren.
To prepare for what Paul brings to the table, Woodley has been spotted with newly inducted Hall of Famer, Floyd Mayweather. Due to those lessons, Woodley is unbelievably confident that come August 29th, Paul will have the worst night of his professional life.
“He (Floyd Mayweather) showed me stuff not specifically to defeat Jake but to be a world-class boxer in general. Technique’s, positions, placements, hand positions, movements. Everything I throw is going to hurt.”
Jake Paul: “My Brother Beat Floyd Mayweather, Wobbled Him”
By: Hans Themistode
At one point, a matchup against Floyd Mayweather was all Jake Paul could talk about. The former social media star turned professional boxer always believed that a showdown between them would do huge box office business. Yet, after watching his older brother, Logan Paul, take on Mayweather this past weekend, Jake doesn’t see the point in facing him anymore.
“That’s old news, my brother already beat him,” said Jake Paul to a group of reporters following his brother’s eight-round exhibition contest against Mayweather. “My brother beat Floyd Mayweather. Let him die off, he’s old. I mean bro, I would fuck him up. He’s getting old, my brother just fucked him up.”
Contrary to what Jake continues to say, there was no official winner when the two faced off this past Sunday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida. Their eight-round exhibition was billed as purely an entertainment spectacle as no judges were present during the entire contest.
Still, despite that, Jake cheered for his older brother from his ringside seat and was proud of what he accomplished. While Logan did appear to have success early on, Mayweather began picking him apart during the middle and latter portion of their contest.
Those sentiments, however, would be rebuffed by Jake. Watching his brother’s success was something that didn’t surprise Jake in the slightest. He was, however, taken aback with something else he believes he saw take place.
“Yes,” said Jake when asked if he expected his brother to pull off the win. “I didn’t expect him to wobble him though and to have him hurt in multiple rounds. It wasn’t just one round, it wasn’t just one time, he hurt him multiple times.”
In spite of Jake’s words, at no point did Mayweather seem to be hurt. In fact, it was Logan who on multiple occasions appeared to be on his way to hitting the canvas.
With no official scorecards to go to, Jake claims that not only was he watching their showdown but he was also keeping track with his own scorecards in his head. Following the conclusion of the entire event, Jake revealed exactly how he tallied the scores.
“It was five rounds to three, Logan Paul wins.”