“I’m nice now”- Tyron Woodley Exudes Confidence Ahead of His Boxing Bout with Jake Paul

Published 08/26/2021, 10:57 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Tyron Woodley battles Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is getting ready to make his professional boxing debut against Jake Paul this weekend. Signs of a possible fight between the two first appeared during the lead-up to Ben Askren vs Jake Paul. 

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Woodley, who is a friend of Askren’s, got into a heated argument with Paul’s team, and considering how the fight ended, Woodley has taken on the task of silencing the undefeated up and comer. 

Primarily a wrestler with a thunderous right hand, Tyron Woodley has above-average striking skills but tends to be gun shy. Nevertheless, the 39-year-old plans to pursue professional boxing seriously and has been training with Floyd Mayweather in hopes of leaving a mark in another combat sport.  

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In a recent interview following his open workout, Woodley took the time to talk about his improvements as a boxer. Visibly excited and relaxed, the former champion made the following statement.

“I’m nice now and I ain’t even done yet. They told me; I talked to Floyd and GT today; they said you got two weeks. Come out to Miami, hang out a little bit, then back to work. So, I feel good man, I’m excited about it. I came in, i came in with good boxing, but there’s a lot of things in MMA we get away with because if your boxing coach tells you to fix your stance we’re like oh well coach I got to watch out for a kick or the takedown, so we make all these excuses on why we’re not using sound technique. None of those excuses were allowed.”  


It seems like Woodley has made all the right moves in the lead-up to this fight. Come fight night, ‘The Chosen one’ will look to earn a dominant victory in his professional boxing debut.

Can Tyron Woodley become a boxing champion? 

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Coming off a four-fight losing streak in the UFC, Tyron Woodley is about to try his hand at becoming a professional boxer. Widely considered to be one of the greatest welterweights of all time, Woodley has faced some of the most dangerous strikers in MMA.

He certainly has the acumen and tenacity to achieve great things in the sport of boxing. However, one thing that the former champion doesn’t have is a lot of time. At 39-years-old, Woodley has a short span to be able to compete with the most elite fighters in boxing.

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What do you think? Can Tyron Woodley become a boxing champion?

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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