Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2: Four Bigger Scenarios To Watch Out For Before Rematch On Showtime PPV


Social media star Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley are set for a Showtime pay-per-view rematch on Saturday night. The event was supposed to be headlined by Paul taking on Tommy Fury, brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, before Fury was forced to withdraw from the fight. Now, Woodley has a chance to avenge his August decision loss to the former Disney Channel star.

The card appears to be a particularly suited brand for boxing to begin closing the 2021 schedule, with the sport seeing renewed interest during the COVID pandemic in large part thanks to aging fighters, celebrities and athletes in the field. other sports deciding to tie the gloves. Meanwhile, the sport has also seen the rise of new, legitimate stars, a resurgence of interest in trying to do fights in a bid to unify the championships, and a handful of formidable fights.

But Saturday is Paul and Woodley’s night. A chance to renew their rivalry and settle the score – or possibly organize a third fight in 2022.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the bigger storylines ahead of the clash at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Jake Paul’s chance to make a point

When Paul was scheduled to face Tommy Fury, it was an opportunity for the social media star to finally silence the critics who had demanded that he face a “real boxer”. Yes, it failed when Fury pulled out of the fight, and yes, that means another fight with someone who isn’t a boxer by trade. However, the rematch with Woodley provides a different kind of metric, rooted in Paul’s own growth as a fighter.

Paul deserved the win in the first round with Woodley, although some have suggested Woodley had done enough to raise his hand. That said, Woodley pushed Paul in a way Paul hadn’t before and even almost scored a knockdown. If Paul is serious about his career, his side should have focused on repairing the holes in his game that allowed a many smaller man to give him fits. Real fighters make adjustments and grow from fight to fight. This will be Paul’s clearest message as to whether or not he has been able to do this.

Tyron Woodley’s last chance for a big win

Woodley ended his UFC career on a losing four-fight skid where he was dominated fight after fight before finally appearing competitive against Vicente Luque, only to be subdued less than four minutes into the fight. Given the opportunity to fight again on a big stage, Woodley lost to a YouTube star. Now, just months before he turns 40, Woodley has a chance to support his big pre-fight speech with Paul.

The opportunity is not always there in the fighting game, even for former world champions. And he rarely comes knocking a second time. This is the case for Woodley, however, and now he has to take advantage of it. Otherwise, his legacy could suffer a big blemish. It’s very hard to ignore four dominant losses in the UFC Octagon and a pair of losses against “the Disney kid”.

It’s NBA vs NFL as weird boxing train continues to blow

Three-time NBA All-Star vs five-time NFL Pro Bowler? Sure why not? Over the past few years, we’ve seen enough weird fights in the boxing ring that Deron Williams vs. Frank Gore isn’t the type to make you think twice. Even with Williams enjoying a six inch tall advantage, this is a clash between two top athletes with similar boxing experience. That is, no experience.

Gore vs. Williams – along with pretty much everything in Paul’s boxing career – talks about the magic of combat sports. You are unlikely to have ever wondered what would happen if two random celebrities faced off in a head-to-head basketball game or on a tennis court. Wondering what would happen if they got into an argument, however? It’s sort of strangely normal. What will happen when Williams and Gore shake hands? It may be strange, but it is certainly interesting.

A unified champion will be in action

The “crossover stars” may be the star of the event, but one of the sport’s best fighters will also be in action when Amanda Serrano takes on Miriam Gutierrez. Serrano holds the WBO, WBC and IBO featherweight world titles, making her one of the most accomplished active boxers in the game and by far the most accomplished boxer on the card. Serrano returns to lightweight for the first time since 2015, a move with a very clear end goal: to score a big fight with Katie Taylor in 2022.

Taylor holds the WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA lightweight titles and a showdown between two unified champions would be one of the most intriguing fights in years on the women’s side of boxing. Gutierrez appears to have been picked for a very clear reason, having only one loss in his career, a decisive loss to Taylor in November 2020. If Serrano can do the job against Gutierrez, and do it more impressively than Taylor , there’s no reason we couldn’t see Serrano against Taylor next year.