Jake Paul continued proving doubters wrong and remained undefeated in his boxing career with a split decision win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
One judge scored the eight-round bout 77-75 in favour of Woodley while the other two judges had it 77-75 and 78-74 for Paul.
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Woodley had lost his past four fights in the UFC before agreeing to make his boxing debut against Paul, who improved to 4-0 in professional bouts.
Paul previously defeated a fellow YouTuber named AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former Bellator MMA and freestyle wrestling champion Ben Askren.
Woodley, 39, landed more power punches than Paul over the course of the fight, but the ultimate difference was that Paul was more active with his jab, with body shots and he was the more accurate puncher overall.
Woodley’s best punch of the fight was in the fourth round when a right hand connected that would’ve sent Paul, 24, to the canvas had it not been for the ropes.
“I feel like I won the fight,” Woodley said in the ring after the scorecards were read. “I feel like Jake’s a great opponent. I didn’t expect him to go down. Me and my coaches worked that, that’s why I came in great shape because I knew he could take a punch, but the fact that one judge gave me two rounds is laughable. … Me and Jake need to run that back.”
Paul seemed noncommittal when Woodley brought up the idea of an immediate rematch.
The event took place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Paul’s hometown of Cleveland. The main event was contested at 190 pounds.
Also on the card:
— Amanda Serrano defended her WBC, WBO, and IBO featherweight titles against Yamileth Mercado.
— Heavyweight Daniel Dubois finished Joe Cusumano in 54 seconds.
— Montana Love forced fellow light-welterweight Ivan Baranchyk’s corner to halt the action after seven rounds.
— Tommy Fury stayed unbeaten with a four-round decision victory over Anthony Taylor.