Next month, Tyron Woodley will be making his professional boxing debut when he faces off against YouTube sensation Jake Paul. Having lost his last four fights in a row, Woodley is in desperate need of a win against the nascent fighter, and as such, the former UFC welterweight champion is pulling out all the stops to get back on the right track, including working with one of the greatest boxers of this generation: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“He came in yesterday and we trained and he really wants to help me....” Woodley told Fight Hub TV. “I learned so much. If I never got the chance to work with him again, I learned enough little, small details and small little back pocket tricks that will take me through this fight and maybe through a couple fights.”
Mayweather has his own history with the Paul brothers, having recently fought Jake’s older brother Logan in an eight-round exhibition match. Things are different for Woodley though. Aside from being a professional bout with judge’s employed should it make it to the final bell, Woodley is also facing the better boxer of the two Paul brothers, and certainly the more dangerous one. Jake Paul is 3-0 in his boxing career with three knockouts and has shown an aggressive style thus far, something Woodley thinks plays right into his hands.
“When people press me, they get knocked the f*ck out, every single time,” Woodley said. “Who’s pressed me and not got knocked out? When I sat back and I let people in on the fight and I let people be like, ‘Ah, I’m waiting on Tyron to do what he normally does’ and when I didn’t do it, it gave them the confidence and courage to walk down. Then they’ve got a chance.
“I think he’s got enough intelligence - he’s stupid as hell but he’s smart as f*ck on the low - he’s gonna be coached by people that tell him, ‘Okay, this is what he did, the people that did good against him, they did this.’ Who would not look back? He’s got way more footage of me than I do of him. He’s gonna watch so much film, so many people are gonna watch it, they’re gonna break it down, people I’ve trained with, sparring partners, coaches probably, he’s gonna do whatever it takes to get any intel because he has to. He can’t make up for 30 years as an athlete.”
Woodley is undoubtedly a big step up in competition for Paul, however, the former UFC welterweight champion also makes a lot of sense. He’s lost four fights in a row (albeit to top-10 welterweights) and was recently hurt seriously by punches before ultimately being submitted. The gamble from Paul’s side is that right now Woodley has diminished enough for the rookie boxer’s youth and power to give him the edge in the fight. It’s a gamble that Woodley says is going to blow up in Paul’s face.
“Darren Till’s power was power that could give me worry and so was Robbie Lawler and they didn’t land one punch the whole fight, did they?” Woodley said. “Robbie Lawler had two fights of the year. Robbie Lawler had one of the greatest fights against Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald. You never saw a drip of blood leave my face, nor did Darren Till. I broke my hand on his nugget. So I’m not disrespecting him but my reality on what people are capable of doing caused me to train at a level that I needed to train and I’m going to train at that same level. Any puncher that I fought, any knockout person, anybody with power - Paul Daley never stung me, never hit me, never dropped me. The people that were known and could do those things, they didn’t do it to me, I did it to them.”
Woodley and Paul face off on Aug. 28.
UFC 264 Timeline.
UFC 264: The Din Diaries.
Dustin Poirier’s training program.
Filthy Casual’s guide to the threematch.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Not so friendly this time around.
This is pretty sick.
Poirier’s looking pretty fit for this weekend.
Got caught for the first time in my career..... pic.twitter.com/O9LDLSzwkx— Frank Mir (@thefrankmir) July 5, 2021
Edson Barboza (22-9) vs. Giga Chikadze (13-2); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 28.
Kevin Holland (21-7) vs. Kyle Daukus (10-2); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 2.
Jake Paul has three fights and is about to face former world champion Tyron Woodley. Sean O’Malley out here on the Michael Venom Page fight schedule.
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