Boxing upstart Paul improved his unbeaten professional ring record to 4-0 by winning his toughest assignment yet against Woodley, being declared victorious on the scorecards in the pair’s eight-round main event in Cleveland on Sunday night.
Paul looked the busier of the pair throughout the main event contest at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, controlling the opening three rounds with his jab.
However, former UFC welterweight king Woodley – who was making his boxing debut – sent his opponent sprawling against the ropes with a big right hand in the fourth round, momentarily having Paul in serious trouble.
The YouTuber steadied himself as Woodley circled, with the latter preferring to showboat by gesturing with his right hand and unable to land more significant shots.
I dont care woodley owned jake paul lol pic.twitter.com/Z1nYVOClrA
Tyron Woodley winding up his fist like a toy before he punches Jake Paul is the funniest thing i’ve seen in a min pic.twitter.com/5ANvy411QI
That sparked more active latter rounds from both men, although Paul again appeared the busier as he utilized his jab before being declared the winner in a split decision, 77-75, 75-77, 78-74.
“It was a tougher fight than I expected, my legs felt weird since the locker room. I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” said Paul, 24, in his post-fight interview.
“He’s a Hall of Famer, he had a good fight, he came in shape. I have a lot of respect for him. There’s been a lot of sh*t talk, apologies to his team if they were disrespected. This is a dream come true, I want to cry but I’m a little tired.”
FINAL ROUND 💥💥#PaulWoodleypic.twitter.com/1X9Hac1GM3
#PaulWoodley official scorecards.Do you agree with the judges? pic.twitter.com/EI9hGMbpIS
Woodley had the power 💪Paul had the precision 🎯#PaulWoodleypic.twitter.com/2b4nsFKPZT
Despite being rocked by the big overhand right from Woodley, Paul claimed it was the only significant damage he had taken all night.
“He hit me with one shot all fight, it was a good shot and he had more shots, (but) there was only one real shot. I got eight rounds under my belt, all my previous opponents went in one minute. I’m doing things no-one has done,” said the social media celebrity.
The largely cordial post-fight scenes were in stark contrast to the fractious build-up to the fight, with Paul’s and Woodley’s mothers even embracing in the ring – the latter having been a target for supposed disrespect from members. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.