Woodley vs Paul Full Fight Boxing Part A
- Posted on Aug 30, 2021
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Alrighty folks, Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley had their boxing match and it’s over. For now.
Paul won a split decision — I’m not sure how you can give Woodley five rounds but whatever — to win this grudge match between social media sensation and former MMA champion. Woodley had Paul hurt in the 4th round and could’ve had a knockdown scored if the ref deemed Paul to have been saved by the ropes, but it also wouldn’t have mattered as far as flipping the decision.
This was not a thriller and I’m sure some are disappointed but it wasn’t devoid of action. Paul finally got some pushback and tried to fight a disciplined bout by going to the body and working combos judiciously. He did fade towards the back-half of the fight and said his legs didn’t feel right. Ultimately though I thought Paul was just busier and he wasn’t even throwing a ton of punches, either. He won a few rounds just by merely throwing and landing glancing blows. Some of his power shots could’ve been more powerful if his footwork was better, but he’s a dude with three years of pro boxing training and no prior serious combat sports experience.
Look, Paul is not a prodigy and he’s done well for himself to at least be able to box a hell of a lot better than some of the rank and file who populate regional undercards. Paul has made the most of his popularity and turned that into being a prizefighting genius by making millions fighting non-pro boxers. I don’t know how much longer it’ll last but hey, it’s working for him. Even mediocre pros beat him badly but he’s not going for them for a reason. MMA has loads of guys who are probably going to line up to fight him who are not high-level MMA boxers, while the high-level guys (e.g. Anderson Silva) will be avoided by Paul and his team.
As for Woodley, he’ll regret not letting his hands go when he had Paul in trouble. He arguably lost the next round and what’s incredible is he was rarely trapped against the ropes and Paul scarcely pressured with any conviction. That’s the story of many of his MMA fights, unfortunately. In round one he threw SIX punches which is astonishingly low. I don’t want to see a rematch but the two of them had some tattoo promise and maybe we’ll get it. It’ll certainly get Tyron another hefty paycheck if that does materialize. He’s not a pro boxer and at the very least this will prevent him from any upward level of opponent where he’d absolutely get destroyed.