CLEVELAND – Jake Paul proudly withstood the flushest, most impactful punch of his temporary boxing profession Sunday evening at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Tyron Woodley drilled Paul with a proper hand that dumped Paul into the ropes with beneath a minute remaining within the fourth spherical of their eight-round cruiserweight bout. Referee George Nichols may’ve counted that as a knockdown as a result of the ropes prevented Paul from falling to the canvas.
Paul appeared fatigued by that time of their Showtime Pay-Per-View important occasion as effectively. The growing Paul survived that tense sequence, although, didn’t enable Woodley to harm him once more and went on to win a break up determination to stay unbeaten.
Decide Phil Rogers scored Woodley a 77-75 winner. Rogers was overruled by judges Dana DePaolo (78-74) and Jaime Garayua (77-75), who scored six and 5 rounds for Paul, respectively.
The 24-year-old Paul’s efficiency was inconsistent within the YouTube celebrity’s first skilled struggle that lasted previous the second spherical. Paul proved, nevertheless, that he can take a punch.
Woodley, a 39-year-old former UFC welterweight champion, hit him more durable than any of his first three opponents – YouTube rival Ali Eson Gib, retired NBA level guard Nate Robinson and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren.
“Yeah, look, that is boxing, you recognize?,” Paul mentioned throughout their post-fight press convention. “I hadn’t been hit up till that time in any of my fights, with 10-ounce gloves. So, that’s the primary time I take a shot with 10-ounce gloves. I repeat, that’s the first time I took an actual shot with 10-ounce gloves in 4 fights. I ate it. It was an excellent shot. That is boxing.
“Should you’re a mechanic, you’re gonna get soiled. However I proved I’ve a chin. You realize, increase, get hit, come proper again. OK, cool, you bought that spherical with that shot. No downside. I discovered from it, I made changes and he didn’t land it once more for the subsequent three rounds, so it’s what it’s. You realize? I like that I bought hit. I licked my gloves after that sh!t. Let’s go!”
The 6-feet-1 Paul didn’t appear to harm Woodley with any of his punches.
Woodley demanded a direct rematch after shedding in his professional boxing debut. Paul promised to entertain that risk if Woodley follows by way of on the penalty for shedding their wager – getting an “I Love Jake Paul” tattoo.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.