Tyron Woodley is getting a second alternative that he hoped for however did not anticipate when he faces Jake Paul on Saturday in a rematch of their August showdown that Paul received by a slim cut up determination. Woodley stepped in on quick discover when Paul’s authentic opponent, Tommy Fury, pulled out with a rib damage.
The former UFC welterweight champion was the first to push Paul past two rounds in his transient boxing profession and had the social media maven on the ropes all through their first assembly, however Paul escaped with a victory. The rematch has a tagline “Leave No Doubt,” and Woodley believes that Paul’s pride will be his downfall Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
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“My career is about shutting people the f— up,” Paul stated at Thursday’s information convention. Those phrases rang inside Woodley’s head and confirmed a crack in the facade of the undefeated 24-year-old that he plans to take full benefit of.
“He got humbled because he really lost (the first fight),” Woodley stated to a gaggle of reporters after the information convention. “He’s fighting this fight out of pride because he gives so many f—s about what people think. I give zero. I’ve been reaching around and looking and I have not found one f— to give about what people think about me.
“He cares what individuals take into consideration him. I do know he cares an excessive amount of and his pride will get him in hassle on Saturday.”
Despite the challenge Woodley presented, Paul aims to silence the naysayers in the rematch. Although he won and could have left Woodley behind, he opted for the rematch. Unlike the first fight, this fight is devoid of the animosity demonstrated in their initial meeting. Woodley wouldn’t go as far to suggest that he respected Paul as an individual or a fighter, but it’s clear that he doesn’t feel the same way as he did back in August.
“I do not hate him,” Woodley said. “I’ve no emotions towards him. I do not dislike him. I’m detached however I hate that he thinks he can beat me and I hate that he can stroll round and say that he did.”
Many were surprised by Woodley’s ability to transition from mixed martial artist to boxer when he and Paul first met. The fight was a tenuous nip and tuck affair where Woodley was responsible defensively and prevented his opponent from collecting his fourth consecutive knockout. He stunned Paul in the fourth round with a right hand, the biggest punch landed in the fight, but couldn’t quite finish the job.
He’ll get that opportunity again Saturday.
“I’m going for a knockout, and if I’m going for the knockout for eight rounds straight I ought to inevitably win, and that’s what I would like,” he said. “But my expertise tells me to not go out of my technique to hunt for the knockout as a result of that is normally the means you exhaust your vitality and get hit with one thing you weren’t meant to get hit by.”
He’s laser-focused on the job at hand and doesn’t care to talk about the prospect of a trilogy fight or future boxing opportunities. All that matters is that he’s getting a second chance when he wasn’t supposed to all because someone’s pride got the best of him.
And for that, Jake Paul must pay.
“All I can give attention to is Saturday evening. He thinks he can beat me and I’m going to beat his ass.”