Jake Paul showed daring, heart and true strength as he brutally knocked out Tyron Woodley to end a grudge match in style, answering his critics once again with a devastating performance in Tampa, Florida.
The touchdown was perhaps the only big punch in the fight, as Paul finished the proceedings with a perfect header in the sixth round, having overcome a large frontal wound caused by an accidental head-on collision.
Paul, who insisted the win was “the greatest moment of my life”, went 5-0 and remained undefeated with the win, calling up Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz in the immediate aftermath.
Jake Paul (R) scored a big knockout win over Tyron Woodley on Sunday morning
The 24-year-old moved 5-0 as a pro with a stunning win in Tampa, Florida
Woodley was checked after suffering a brutal knockout in the sixth round of the match
The crowd was clearly in favor of Paul, who made his way to the ring with a letter to Tommy Fury, who was initially scheduled to face an undefeated American before withdrawing with a broken rib and chest injury.
The message was flashed over his head “Hi Tommy, I wish you were here but watching from TV is great too”
Woodley admitted he lost the opening three rounds in the pair’s first fight—which he lost by split decision—and appeared to be the early aggressor, but it was Paul who took center stage in the first round, one that led to boos from the Tampa crowd.
In the fight with a chip on his shoulder, Paul went up in the second round, landed with a sharp combination and finished it with a left hook to the header while building an early lead.
Woodley seemed to show better activity in the first round but it was Paul who took the center circuit
Paul seemed more relaxed of the two, but disaster struck in the third round, after suffering an accidental blow to the head – which the referee initially called the elbow – saw a heavy cut open on ‘The Problem Child’s’ forehead, as Woodley looked to enter a stop .
Now we’ll find out what Paul really did. Heading into fourth, suffering a heavy jolt in the first game, coach PJ Flores calmed his fighter, insisting he tackle the cut.
If there was any reminder that Woodley is a relative novice in the boxing ring – with their only bout in the previous professional August – it came on the fourth, as the American literally lifted his opponent off the ground, before sending him collapsing onto the canvas. Of course, he was severely warned.
Paul suffered a horrific cut to his forehead after an accidental head-on in the third round
Woodley picked former UFC Champion Paul and threw him to the canvas in the fourth round
But in the sixth round, Paul received the knockout when he knocked out Woodley with a single punch
There was a booing again in Florida as the fifth round offered up a bit of excitement, as the pair bumped their heads again as Woodley, the shorter man, came in trying to make something of it.
There was no booing in the sixth round, as Paul finished the fight with his devastating right hand. The American now hit all four of his opponents.
Speaking right afterwards, he said, “This is as real as it gets, just like my right hand. I told you, I was going to visit him. And I kiss him.”
This guy is a legend and he is respected because he got into the fight in two weeks. Tommy Fury is a father **** for pulling out of combat.
It was a tough fight. I had blood in my eyes. You got the job done. I was preparing the whole fight. He didn’t see him coming. Like lumberjack, timber.
It must be the moment of my life. Look at my year. Four fights, four knockouts. Masvidal and Nate Diaz – You b ***** to leave this arena. I will be with you too. Anyone, anytime, anywhere.
What will happen next for Paul is not yet clear, but there is no doubt that he answered a lot of questions on Sunday morning.
Paul celebrated with his team after claiming a real ordeal in his fifth professional fight
The pessimistic Woodley, 39, waved to the crowd in Florida as he made his way out of the ring
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