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Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2 Preview, Picks

by Ike Feldman
Updated On: December 14, 2021, 11:11 am ET

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-300 Jake Paul (4-0: 3 KOs) vs. +220 Tyron Woodley 2 (0-1)

A Jake Paul fight week is upon us as the YouTube star turned professional boxer looks to continue to broaden his brand in a short notice rematch against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. This fight will no doubt garner a ton of eyeballs. Let’s take a thorough look at the rematch that will be tattooed in our minds forever.

As you can see in the tweet above, after shaking on it following the first fight back in August, former UFC champion Tyron Woodley got the “I love Jake Paul” tattoo in a very playful part of his body. 

Backdrop

Paul, undefeated and growing his skillset with each passing fight, was originally scheduled to face the heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s brother, Tommy Fury. An aspiring pro boxer himself, Fury had to pull out of the fight because of a bacterial chest infection. Like Paul, Tommy Fury is an undefeated boxer with celebrity roots (Temptation Island). Fighting Fury would have been a nice test for Paul who is taking his career one strategic fight at a time. But fighting Woodley, an opponent that he beat on points in an eight round match, is a smart move as Woodley’s cardio will not nearly be at its finest.

Who Wins?

For the original fight between Paul and Woodley I miraculously predicted the fight’s outcome to perfection (Paul via Decision). Paul used his jab and footwork just enough to evade being finished by Woodley’s undeniably best weapon in his right hand. I expect a very similar result in the rematch. Paul will be confident and maybe take more risks because of Woodley’s compromised gas tank, but I also expect Woodley to go for broke early in the fight. Paul must stay respectful to Woodley’s power and not get over-zealous in his approach.

A fighter with nothing to lose, which in this case is Woodley, is a very dangerous fighter. And while Woodley is at a disadvantage in terms of conditioning leading up to this extremely short-notice fight, I expect the 39-year old former 5x champion to have enough veteran savvy and wherewithal to pick his spot to blitz in, in hopes of evening the score with Paul and forcing a trilogy fight. Jake Paul must stay focused on the task at hand as this will be another test for the very young fighter to see if he can suppress frustration by the late change yet still go out there and get the job done. Jake Paul via Decision … again

Does The Fight Go The Distance? -105 YES, -120 NO

As I just laid out for you, I believe in Woodley’s fight IQ to get him to the final bell. Though this fight was signed just 12 days out from fight night, Woodley is one of the few fighters that really takes care of himself physically. Even pushing 40 years of age, the Ferguson, Mo. native lives and breathes a healthy lifestyle. I know being a healthy person is not the same as being in tip top shape, but that’s why I also see Woodley over exaggerating his already patient approach. Though the boisterous Paul may not admit it, he respects Woodley’s powerful right hand and should be tentative early, before ultimately finding his range incorporating his solid jab and hook. Just when Paul may think he’s in the clear in terms of damage, I believe that’s when Woodley will earn Paul’s respect with his heavy cross. I see a repeat of the first fight. I don't see an outright war that will be an instant classic – that strategy isn’t in the Woodley playbook nowadays – especially with the fight being on short notice. Fight Goes The Distance … again

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Ike Feldman

Ike Feldman is not only a longtime combat sports practitioner, but he is also an Edgy broadcaster that has been covering and handicapping combat sports on a high level since 2016. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @IkeFeldman to get unrivaled MMA and Boxing content, insight and entertainment.