It was a fight no one outside of Tyron Woodley particularly asked for, but the rematch between “T-Wood” and Jake Paul arrived Saturday night.
The latest experiment in boxing versus MMA, not to mention celebrity boxing, was necessitated by an injury to Tommy Fury that forced him out of a match-up with Paul. That at least had some semblance of a legitimate boxing match. Fury, younger brother of heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, was a pure boxer, and represented the first actual boxer Youtube creator Paul was to have faced.
The Woodley match-up? To be fair, Woodley had given Paul his toughest fight to date, landing at least one haymaker in the pair’s first meeting. But the former UFC welterweight champ appeared to lack the killer instinct necessary to capitalize, and Paul went on to win a split decision.
Saturday would give Woodley a chance at redemption. And at least his “I Love Jake Paul” tattoo, inked onto his middle finger in an attempt to land the rematch, wasn’t going to waste. The card, meanwhile, brought with it a hodge-podge of legitimate boxing (see: Serrano, Amanda) and freakshow fights (read: whatever NBA star Deron Williams facing NFL running back Frank Gore was supposed to be).
Also featured on the Paul vs. Woodley II line-up, former UFC fighter and Team Diaz member Chris Avila, competing on the preliminary portion of the show.
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley II, rather amusingly entitled “Leave No Doubt”, takes place on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. The event airs live on SHOWTIME PPV.
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2 Results:
Jake Paul def. Tyron Woodley by knockout, Round 6, 2:12
Amanda Serrano def. Miriam Gutierrez by unanimous decision (99-90, 99-91, 100-90)
Deron Williams def. Frank Gore by split decision (38-37, 37-38, 40-35) – exhibition bout
Liam Paro def. Yomar Alamo by split decision (95-94, 94-95, 96-93)
Chris Avila def. Anthony Taylor via majority decision (77-74, 77-75, 76-76)
J’Leon Love def. Marcus Oliveira via unanimous decision (77-75, 79-73, 78-74)
Jeovanny Estela def. Chris Rollins via unanimous decision