On Sunday night, Jake Paul continued his rise up the combat sports ladder, scoring a split-decision win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and though in the aftermath Woodley began campaigning for an immediate rematch, it’s possible that Paul already has his next opponent lined up: Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.
Tommy Fury served as the main card opener for the Paul-Woodley broadcast, winning with an underwhelming performance over Paul’s training partner Anthony Taylor. Coming into the fight, Fury made no bones about seeking a bout with Paul, and even after a lackluster performance, the undefeated prospect still did his best to set the stage for a bout with Paul, engineering a backstage confrontation after the fights.
The confrontation occurred after Paul’s fight with Woodley while Fury waited backstage for the post-fight press conference and fresh off the encounter, Fury told reporters what happened.
“Jake Paul is one of them, you’d be surprised if you see him in the ring again because I don’t think Jake Paul has got a lot of balls,” Fury said. “It’s obvious. He got asked about me in the post-fight interview and didn’t have nothing to say. He confronted me in the hallway there, had his 15-20 team (of people) jump all over us. We was there. We were ready to fight there and then. He’s big in front of cameras but small by himself and Jake Paul realized tonight how hard the sport of boxing is, and he got clipped with a little shot. Imagine if he got hit, dropped. I don’t know if you’ll see Jake Paul back in the ring again...
“It just transpired about 10 minutes ago. I was doing an interview down there and his whole team landed, Jake Paul squaring up to me. But then, he seen me at ringside, I was leaning over the ropes, waiting to get in there, and there was Logan going (shaking his head) ‘Not right now.’ They ain’t fighters. I’ve said this from word one. If you want this fight, I’m here and I’m ready to go. There’s no running and there’s no playing. And it’s fine if you don’t want the fight, just say it and put everyone’s mind to rest and stop bullsh*tting all the time and just say how it is. You either want the fight or not. I want the fight and if you don’t just say it and we can move on....
“Jake Paul’s got nothing inside him and I’ve seen that in that corridor right there because there was a moment in that corridor where everything was going off between his security and my team and his team and I looked dead into his soul and when them cameras are not around, he doesn’t want to know. Let’s be honest, if he really wanted to fight me, I’d have been in that ring at the end of the fight, through the ropes, let’s go, there’s no return. But he didn’t want that and the reason is because if I was getting in there, he wouldn’t be able to go back on it. That’s why I wasn’t in the ring tonight.”
While Fury didn’t impress last night, it’s not like Paul blew the doors down either. Fighting a measured pace, Paul was nearly knocked down by Woodley in the fourth round and appeared to tire as the fight moved into the later rounds. In the end, Paul was only able to muster a split decision win over Woodley and, in Fury’s mind, the fight revealed the emperor’s lack of clothes.
“I think we all saw tonight, Jake Paul clearly didn’t know how hard boxing was,” Fury said. “He took one good right hand in the ear, stumbled back, went through the ropes and thought, ‘Oh, this is a bit of a hard game, isn’t it? I’ll stick to the YouTubing business.’ I think that’s what you saw tonight. He took one good shot in a boxing ring and he crumbled. If Tyron would’ve pressed on a little bit more through them rounds, Jake Paul would’ve been out of there.”
In the end though, Woodley did not and now Paul has another ready-made rivalry to sell, like he manufactured with Woodley following his fight with Ben Askren earlier this year, and Fury believes that now is the time to capitalize.
“I’m not begging and pleading for this fight,” Fury said. “I didn’t ask to be on this undercard. They put me on the undercard and they’ve obviously not done it for the good of me health. They put me on the undercard for a reason... I’m just a fighting man who will fight in the ring against anybody and Jake Paul just happens to be calling my name an awful lot. I’m here, I’ve done my part tonight, he’s done his part tonight, why not make it next? It’s the fight that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. No one wants to see him fight another MMA kid. Why not fight against a pro boxer?”
As for Paul though, that decision is still very much up in the air. Paul’s manager quickly wrote the fight off as not making sense for Paul and Paul himself was fairly cagey as well.
“If he sold a lot of PPVs in the U.K. and we’re impressed with the numbers, sure. But I put him on this platform so we’ll see what happens.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Salivating— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 30, 2021
My lobster pasta is on route. pic.twitter.com/KyBksSzZT5— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 30, 2021
These guys both suck— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 30, 2021
♂️— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) August 30, 2021
All he had to do was walk around and they’re gonna give him the nod. Woodley brought the fight.— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 30, 2021
I thought Tyron won but man the commentators don’t !— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) August 30, 2021
Tyron just doesn’t want it anymore.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 30, 2021
Timid and unsure of himself.
Jake Paul showed he has toughness and won’t quit! Tyron wasn’t active enough, not a bad fight tho. It was activity! Paul was exhausted and when guys are that tired gotta show em the door. Whatever man. Dammit Tyron— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 30, 2021
Frustrating to watch but ya know what.. Woodleys bank account wins even though he lost— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) August 30, 2021
Maybe I’m crazy, but I just feel “MY” dignity is worth more than the payday for a rematch like this. Maybe it’s bc I’m not in that situation but it’s like will things really be different?— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 30, 2021
Woodley has all tools in the world, and has been on top with those skills. Different times.
HULK HOGAN GET A TATTOO THAT SAY GO FUCK YOURSELF AND THEN MAYBE WE CAN RUN IT BACK BUBBA #paulvswoodley— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) August 30, 2021
Best Striker in the sport.— GIGA CHIKADZE (@giga_chikadze) August 29, 2021
No wonder Trevor Wittman gave me his job at the UFC. https://t.co/UVqr7L1wFB— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) August 29, 2021
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