Tyron Woodley Question’s Jake Paul’s Authenticity after Ohio State Announces No Test Policy for Fighters

Published 08/29/2021, 10:21 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 13: Jake Paul (L) and Tyron Woodley (R) face off during a press conference before their cruiserweight fight at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on July 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


A day before their boxing showdown, Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul appeared in a face-to-face interview on Showtime, hosted by Ariel Helwani.    

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During the interview, both Woodley and Paul were looking to sow seeds of doubt in each other’s minds to gain a mental edge over their opponent.  

In fact, it wasn’t too long before Woodley brought out the big guns and asked Jake Paul if he was on PEDs. 

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“Speaking of bumps, those little bumps you have on your face kind of alarm me. You wouldn’t be happening to take PEDs, are you? No, I’m just asking cause I was just wondering. I looked at your face and you look kinda silly with rage and, you’re acting all unorthodox, you know those are signs of the PEDs.” 

Woodley’s question makes sense considering the testing policy for this fight in particular. MMA Junkie recently revealed the following information a few hours before their public weigh-in.  

“The Ohio State Athletic Commission head tells me Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley will NOT be subjected to fight night drug tests. Only athletes to be tested on the card are those competing in title bouts.”   


Interestingly enough, recently, reputed MMA coach Firas Zahabi also alleged that Jake Paul would be ‘on all kinds of substances’ going into his boxing bout with Woodley.    

During the interview, Jake Paul responded to Woodley’s allegations by asking him not to set up excuses to lose before the fight. Paul has also dismissed Zahabi’s claims as an attempt to gain attention and earn some ‘clout’.  

As celebrity boxing events become a common occurrence, it will become increasingly tough to ensure all competing athletes fight clean without oversight from a regular testing agency.   

Can Tyron Woodley become a boxing champion?

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A former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley chose to take on the sport of boxing after a four-fight skid in the UFC. An explosive and athletic fighter with a stiff right hand, Woodley has been training with Floyd Mayweather hoping to replicate the phenom’s success in the sport.

Should Woodley get the win against Jake Paul, one can envision the 39-year-old taking on more experienced boxers. However, if the former champion is looking to capture gold in the sport of boxing, he will have to make sure he can get the right fights soon enough, considering his age.

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What do you think? Can Tyron Woodley become a boxing champion? Let us know in the comments.

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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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