The YouTube star outboxed the former UFC champion last night to win a split decision, which was controversial only for the one judge who scored it in Woodley’s favour
Tyron Woodley landed an average of just seven punches per round against YouTube star Jake Paul in their boxing match last night.
The former UFC welterweight champion was making his boxing debut off the back of four straight MMA losses that saw him cut from the promotion.
But Woodley succumbed to the same inability to pull the trigger that cost him in those four losses, and was ultimately comfortably beaten by the social media sensation.
Paul enjoyed two rounds where he landed more strikes than Woodley’s most aggressive round in the fifth – despite being almost dropped by the former UFC champion in the fourth.
Woodley had Paul hurt just before the halfway point when a right hand rocked the undefeated YouTuber, but didn’t put the pressure on and allowed him back into the fight.
But Paul’s superior boxing ring IQ won out, and the taller man was able to get his hand raised to go 4-0 in his professional career after being taken to a decision for the first time in his life.
Paul landed 34 per cent of his power punches to Woodley’s 32 per cent, with the YouTuber having landed 71 to Woodley’s 53.
He also got more than three times as many jabs in, as would be expected with a taller, more polished boxer, going 36-11 with the percentages at 30 per cent for Paul and 23 per cent for Woodley.
Woodley did land more power punches, although Paul had more accuracy landing 41 per cent of his to Woodley’s 36 per cent, which amounted to 35-41 overall.
Paul went five rounds in his amateur debut against fellow YouTuber Deji Olatunji before the towel was thrown in, but that bout was a white collar matchup with headgear and larger gloves.
Since turning professional, Paul had landed three straight knockouts over YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and ex-Olympian and MMA champion Ben Askren.
It now remains to be seen what’s next for both men, although they did appear to agree to a rematch in the ring when Woodley said he would oblige on their pre-fight tattoo bet.
The duo agreed to the bet during a pre-fight press conference, and famous tattoo artist Tatu Baby was in attendance with the intention of inking the winner.
Woodley, who rocked Paul in round four but who otherwise struggled to land, and was outstruck on every compubox statistic, called for the rematch after the bout.
“You’re the one that got wobbled,” Woodley told Paul. “If these ropes weren’t so big you would have fallen through them.
“If this was the second biggest pay-per-view of the year, then the rematch will be the biggest.”
And the pair verbally agreed to a rematch when Paul told Woodley he would give him a second bout if he got a tattoo declaring his love for the YouTube star.
But the offer seemed much more subdued in the post-fight press conference when Woodley said he would need to see paperwork from Paul’s manager and the event’s co-promoter Nakisa Bidarian before getting inked.
“To be honest, Nakisa gave me his word,” Woodley told reporters after the bout. “He hasn’t done me wrong yet.
“I’ve kind of got to roll with him on that, he’s honoured everything he’s said to me since the beginning with this whole promotion.
“I’m not going to get it [the tattoo] anywhere where I have to look at it, probably my thigh or something.”