Tyron Woodley Ends the Debate Over Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury Controversy

Published 03/19/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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YouTuber-turned-pro boxer Jake Paul and Fury family scion Tommy Fury eventually met at Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Arena on February 26. The highly anticipated match, which never lost its hype since its origins in 2021, lived up to the expectations of most, if not all. It lasted eight rounds, and Fury won through a split decision. Both the fighter gave their all and seems to have agreed to a rematch in the near future. However, the echos of the fight, from the outcome to the refereeing and the argument per se, still reverberates across corners. Former UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley believes there’s a learning for everyone from the fight.

iFL TV’s Kugan Cassius caught up with the enigmatic former Welterweight champion at the Hardcore Boxing tournament in Dubai yesterday. The event was held at the Agenda Stadium, and some of the biggest names from the world of combat sports, such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones Jr., Junior Dos Santos, Dustin Poirier, and Tyron Woodley, graced the occasion.


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From the time he became UFC’s Welterweight champion by defeating Robbie Lawler in 2016, Woodley defended it successfully till 2018. Then, however, the tables turned, and he lost four consecutive matches. Foray into professional boxing didn’t help either. Within a span of four months, he lost both of his bouts to Jake Paul.

Tyron Woodley shares his opinion on the Jake Paul-Tommy Fury fight

Cassius, after a brief discussion about the event, broached the question about Woodley’s former boxing foe. He asked, “What did we or what do people learn from Jake Paul, especially that night obviously, having that loss, but what did you learn from that fight about Jake Paul?


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Tyron Woodley started by describing how, throughout the fight, Paul was on the lookout for a ‘one-big shot,’ but Tommy Fury kept improving and, with the help of his jabs, maintained the distance which foiled the American boxer’s plans. Though he got hit by Paul and went to the canvas, by and large, he managed to defend himself smartly.

Tommy really didn’t give him a lot of chances to set it up he’s positioned in the way he threw a lot of Jabs, which is kind of will put the overhand right over the back of his neck, and that’s where it landed most times he did get hit one time and knocked down, but he protected himself by being active he protected himself by keeping straight punches on Jake,” said Woodley. 

Did Tommy slip? Or was it a knockdown?

Interestingly, Woodley had termed the eighth-round incident when Paul’s left jab seemingly dropped the Briton to the canvas as a knockdown. However, Tommy Fury has contented that the fall occurred due to a genuine slip. He told Fight Hub TV, “That was a genuine slip.

But surprisingly, his father and trainer, John Fury, differed with his son’s views. He called it a “legitimate knockdown.” “It was a stumble, but a jab caused the stumble, so the referee was right….” said John Fury, as reported by Boxing King Media.


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According to ‘The Chosen One,’ the fight was good overall. Jake Paul had several opportunities but failed to capitalize on those. But eventually, with experience, he should reach the stage where he can pounce first and defeat the foe.


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Do you agree with Tyron Woodley’s statements? Do share your views and opinions in the comments below.

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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.

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