Tyron Woodley got his second chance to fight with Jake Paul as Tommy pulled out of the bout. Tyson Fury’s younger brother, Tommy Fury was to fight Jake Paul on December 18th.
The Light Heavyweight said he had to regrettably pull out due to a bacterial chest infection and a broken rib.
Tyron Woodley, who even got the “I love Jake Paul” tattoo as per Jake’s condition for a rematch, has been considered as a worthwhile replacement for Tommy Fury to fight Paul in Florida in mid-December.
In a video posted by Tyron’s head coach, Big Gerald, Woodley showed up training without having any imminent action of his own on the cards. In their previous match-up, he was summoned back for a rematch as the 24-year-old Youtuber's toughest opponent yet.
The battle will not be a walkover for Paul, according to news personality Barak Bess, who spoke on the DAZN Boxing Show.
“That’s just it. The fight was competitive,” Barak Bess stated. “If we need a replacement, who else are we going to get? We’re 11, 12 days away. The only bad thing about this is the first thing people are going to say is that Woodley did not have enough time to train.”
“That’s the reality, though. I looked at his Instagram, and five days ago he’s hitting his pad. There’s a video where Jake Paul says Tyron Woodley has been training, but maybe Tyron Woodley was training just in case.”
The sports broadcaster Akin “AK” Reyes agreed that there was no reason to believe Woodley wouldn't put up a fight.
“There are a lot of fighters who stay in the gym, who are gym rats,” AK explained.
“Even in retirement they train, doing the pads, doing the crossfit and stuff. A great opportunity fell in his lap. Here’s a guy he wanted to beat, and he’s going get paid a hell of a lot to do it.”
“The fight was competitive, there was that round where he knocked him into the ropes and should have counted as a knockdown. Maybe we'll get a more interesting fight,” Barak Bess replied.
In a recent interview, Jake Paul explained that he had ‘contractually’ offered Tyron Woodley a sum of $500,000 if he manages to knock Jake out. This was in response to recent controversy that spurred up claiming that Jake Paul gets his opponents to contractually agree that they won’t knock him out.
Jake said, “Of course all these people are going to do is try to discredit me. Because when you’re at the top, that’s what happens. I just want to nip the rumors in the [bud] and give my opponent — contractually, I’m giving Tyron an extra $500,000 if he can knock me out. It just nips the rumors in the [bud] and shows people that all of my fights have been real, are real, and will continue to be real.”
“It’s illegal to rig a fight or to stage a fight,” Jake continued. “It’s illegal to have things like that because it’s fraud. There are outcomes. You can’t change the outcomes of a professionally sanctioned bout. It’s illegal. You would end up in jail. The fact that people would say that, we just wanted to squash the rumors.”
Paul also hopes to prove to the world that the split decision victory over Woodley in September isn’t the end of it, “The motivation is to prove to everybody that I can knock out Tyron,” Paul said. “It wasn’t a split decision last time and I’m going to finish it and not leave it up to the judges and we’ll go on from there.”