A YouTuber just beat a former UFC champion inside the boxing. That sounds like a bad punchline, but it’s actually the reality of combat sports nowadays.

The Jake Paul versus Tyron Woodley 8-round boxing bout took place inside a packed Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland on Sunday.

While a lot of fans and pundits were hoping that Paul would finally get a piece of some humble pie, it wasn’t the case. The 24-year-old online sensation kept his pristine boxing record intact with a split decision victory in a rather uneventful fight.

Here are some takeaways from the Paul vs Woodley match.

Paul’s got a chin

While Paul somehow managed to get his hand raised once more, he finally got tested inside the boxing ring. Sure, Woodley looked lackluster the entire bout but he did have his moment in the fourth round.

The Chosen One landed arguably the most significant strike of the match, rocking The Problem Child with a thunderous right hand that made him wobbly on the knees.

Paul, however, survived that big shot and got his bearings back in the ensuing rounds. His activity no doubt was the deciding factor against a gun-shy Woodley.

Both men looked gassed

Boxing purists were indeed once again irked by this celebrity match. While both fighters had power, their striking wasn’t exactly as technical as it should be. Moreover, both looked exhausted near the end of the bout, despite not much going on.

Paul, of course, didn’t have to fight long in his previous outings following quick KO victories over Nate Robinson and Ben Askren. This bout showed that his conditioning still needs some work. Woodley, meanwhile, is 39 and is well past his prime so it was expected. Plus, he wasn’t really a cardio machine even during his best years in the UFC.

Woodley is not the same man

While a lot of fans were hoping we’d see the Woodley of old and knock out Paul, it’s just not happening. Woodley wasn’t exactly terrible in his boxing debut, but he wasn’t great either.

He looked hesitant and “flinchy”. Sure, the freakish power was there,
(Those things don’t really go away) but technique, hunger, and desire are obviously no longer there. Father Time, after all, is undefeated. He probably earned the biggest payday of his life, so there’s that


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