‘That Punch Would Have Never Made It to His Chin’ – Tyron Woodley Explains What Went Wrong for Ben Askren Against Jake Paul

Published 06/04/2021, 1:19 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)


Jake Paul is one of the hottest topics in boxing right now. The internet sensation is fresh off a first-round knockout victory over Ben Askren. And his next opponent, and Askren’s cornerman for the fight, Tyron Woodley, has given his explanation for his fighter’s defeat.

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Woodley and Paul will lock horns on August 28, in an event that will be Paul’s fourth professional bout and Woodley’s boxing debut. However, the former five-time UFC welterweight champion has shown his confidence and said he wouldn’t make the same mistakes Askren did.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul and Ben Askren face off in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

The 19-7-1 fighter spoke to Fighthype.com on YouTube and said, “The stuff we worked on… which I’m not going to tell you because I’m going to use the same sh*t… I told Ben to do, but I gave him the specific things to do defensively. Had he done, that punch would have never made it to his chin.”

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Thus, this comment from Woodley revealed Askren did not stick to the game plan against Paul. Ultimately, Askren did not land any significant punches, and went down with the first real power punch that ‘The Problem Child‘ threw. However, based on Woodley’s comment, had ‘Funky’ stuck to the game plan, we could have seen a very different fight.

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 Will Tyron Woodley do better against Jake Paul?

Askren’s performance was so shocking it made many fans question whether the event was all a set-up. However, Woodley’s take on the defeat showed that it was more of a mistake on Askren’s part. So can he do better?

Woodley will certainly be a tougher challenger for Paul than Askren was. ‘Funky’ spent his entire career relying heavily on his wrestling. However, Woodley is more reliant on his striking than his grappling. Therefore, ‘T-Wood’ will be more comfortable in the ring.

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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)

In addition, the former champion has unquestionable power and, unlike Askren, is not coming off a long lay-off. Therefore, it will be a better contest than the first. However, it will be interesting to see how ‘T-Wood’ adjusts his defensive game.

What do you make of these comments from Tyron Woodley? Do you think Ben Askren would’ve done better if he stuck to the game plan?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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