Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley
I couldn’t assist however surprise (apologies to Carrie Bradshaw) if Jake Paul will someday be the reply to a trivia query, alongside the strains of ’Which well-known boxer’s first three paid contests got here in opposition to a YouTuber, a basketball participant and an MMA fighter?’ Tyron Woodley, one other from the world of blended martial arts, is subsequent man up, this Sunday is Cleveland, near the place Paul and his equally notorious brother, Logan, had been raised, and the previous UFC welterweight champion might be probably the most harmful striker Jake has confronted to this point. Though, in equity, that isn’t saying a lot.
First designated sufferer was web rival Anesongib, who seemed as if he had been donning gloves and carrying a gumshield for the very first time, so hapless was his efficiency in opposition to Paul in January 2020. He was summarily dismissed within the opening spherical whereas ex-basketball star Nate Robinson made it to the second.
Individuals started to take Jake extra critically in April, when he walloped flabby wrestler Ben Askren, a Bellator champ in his day, in underneath two minutes. Woodley is a former stablemate of Askren and bought right into a backstage row with Paul earlier than their battle. Tyron too has an intensive wrestling background however did rating a number of memorable UFC wins through strikes and his punching sport is superior to Askren’s, so appears to be a step up, although how a lot of 1 stays to be seen on Sunday. Paul has remained a solid favourite with the oddsmakers since the market opened up.
Hanging for MMA and the artwork of conventional boxing stay very completely different expertise, and Paul has now spent round two years diligently honing his nascent craft, quickly wanting higher than his older brother, regardless of the latter hanging with a questionably motivated Floyd Mayweather for eight rounds in June. Jake passes the attention take a look at – with the likes of veteran promoter Lou DiBella an unabashed fan – however notably in opposition to opposition even much less skilled (in boxing) than him. There’s a lot using on Paul, who already boasts a profile larger than many present world champions and who recently left Triller to be showcased on Showtime.
If he will get previous Woodley, a fellow novice professional boxer might fortunately be ready within the wings. Rival Tommy Fury, youthful brother of Tyson and equally but to be examined, takes on Paul’s regular sparring partner Anthony Taylor on Sunday’s show. It’s a tough one for ’TNT’ who’s 6-0 and has needed the Paul battle for a while. If he blasts Taylor out as he ought to, might that dissuade the watching Paul from taking Tommy on? Nevertheless, if he carries his opponent, there’s all the time the hazard of a shock defeat and the marquee showdown throwing in the towel.
Given Fury is, regardless of a while spent on actuality TV, a real boxer – from a boxing household, has been across the sport his complete life – and boasts title recognition disproportionate to his standing within the sport, he can be the proper opponent to genuinely take a look at Jake Paul.