Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley will meet up in the squared circle for a rematch on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Tampa, Fla. Woodley is looking to avenge his loss from August, while Paul wants to put an exclamation point on a second victory over the former UFC welterweight champion.
For this Showtime pay-per-view card, Paul was originally scheduled to face Tommy Fury, but the professional boxer, Fury, pulled out of the fight two weeks out with a rib injury. Paul’s management team searched for a replacement opponent and landed on Woodley. It was made clear to Paul’s team that Woodley had been training for an upcoming fight, so he was in shape and ready to step in on short notice.
Paul could have picked an easier opponent to face on short notice, but he chose someone who gave him a tough fight in their first bout. Paul (4-0, 3 KOs) won the first fight on Aug. 29 via split decision. Many people felt that Paul should have won in a unanimous decision, but one judge gave the decision to Woodley.
Critics will be focused on all of Paul’s fights because he is a public figure. Regardless of how anyone feels about Paul, he deserves credit for stepping in the ring and taking the sport seriously. Although Woodley’s specialty in the combat sports world is MMA, he has solid boxing foundations. He rocked Paul in their first fight, and he has the power to do it again on Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
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The stakes have been raised this time around. Paul put a $500,000 bonus incentive in Woodley’s contract if he is able to stop Paul inside the distance. This is added motivation for Woodley to receive the extra money and improve his legacy as a professional fighter.
Woodley is not the only one looking to rectify their performance from the last fight. Paul wants to leave no stone unturned. He is looking for the finish against Woodley, who he outlasted less than four months ago. Paul wants to leave no doubt after the fight is over.
Jake Paul def. Tyron Woodley via UD
Woodley is a difficult person to put away and this fight is even more dangerous for Paul since Woodley is trying to exact revenge for his loss in August. With that being said, Paul is a skilled boxer for his experience level and he will be able to avoid the overhand right that is bound to shoot out from Woodley.
Expect to see both fighters hurt at different points in the fight, but Paul will be able to survive like he did the first time around. Woodley will stalk Paul and be far less tentative in the rematch. If Paul’s defense holds up, he will keep Woodley at a distance with his jab and stay away from Woodley’s scary power.
This will be another entertaining fight and it will close out the year on a high note. It will be interesting to see what changes are made in the rematch compared to Paul-Woodley I.