Jake Paul Explains Motivation Behind Fighting Tyron Woodley Again

Published 12/17/2021, 1:44 PM EST


Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley have officially cleared the scales now; Paul weighed in at 191.4 pounds and his opponent will step into the ring at 189.6 pounds. After a controversial split decision four months back in Cleveland, Paul and Woodley are now just a few hours away from settling their bittersweet rivalry in the ring.

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Jake Paul showed up to the recent press conference in a ski mask to give fans a preview into a “bank robbery” on Saturday night. While the 24-year-old has never really shown any signs of fear, an important factor to consider here is that Paul initially preferred an ‘easier’ way out by picking Tommy Fury over running it back with Woodley.

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However, Tommy Fury ended up bailing out from this matchup at the last minute because of an injury. In the conventional pro-boxing domain, this would have resulted in the commissions and promoters pushing the event to a later date.

That being said, one thing we know about Jake Paul is that he does not stick to rules and conventions. Even though Tyron Woodley is a much tougher fight to agree to on short notice, ‘The Problem Child’ signed on the dotted line right away to run it back with him at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Why is Jake Paul fighting Tyron Woodley again?

Jake Paul might honestly be the only professional boxer who can actually cherry-pick opponents and still sell out arenas. With a 4-0 record, he could’ve picked any opponent to make an easy leap to 5-0.

However, something about the way he left his last fight did not sit right with him. So, as soon as Tommy Fury dropped out, Paul’s team immediately reached out to Woodley. And the former UFC champion gave them the nod in microseconds.

In a recent face-to-face interview, Paul explained the true reason behind why he reached out to Woodley for the rematch.

“First and foremost, just staying true to my word, I say I’ll fight anybody anytime, anyplace. I don’t care who it is. Throw them in there. The pay-per-view’s still going to be massive whether I’m fighting a door or if I’m fighting Tyron or if I’m fighting Tommy Fury.”

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“So, I have a job to do, have a business to run, and my undercard, all the fighters on it, who are in training camp, spending tens of thousands of dollars, I didn’t want to let them down, and right before the holidays.”

“The responsibility I have to the fans, the people who bought tickets in Tampa Bay, the show must go on. And Tommy Fury is not a big enough fighter, someone we should care enough about to reschedule. Like I said, a lot of people want to see this, this is probably going to be a bigger event,” said Jake Paul.

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How do you see the rematch playing out?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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