Social media star Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley are set for a pay-per-view rematch on Saturday night. The event was supposed to be featured by Paul fighting Tommy Fury, brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, before Fury was forced to withdraw from the bout. Now, Woodley has a chance to avenge his decisive August loss to the former Disney Channel star.
The tag feels like a brand-specific way for boxing to begin closing in on the 2021 calendar, with the sport already seeing a surge in interest during the COVID pandemic primarily driven by celebrity, aging boxers. and athletes from other sports decide to wear gloves. Meanwhile, the sport has also seen the rise of legitimate new stars, a renewed focus on trying to make matches with the goal of unifying championships and some big match.
But Saturday is Paul and Woodley’s night. An opportunity to renew their rivalry and fix the score – or possibly set up a third war in 2022.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the biggest storylines heading into the clash at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Jake Paul’s chance to make a point
As Paul prepares to face Tommy Fury, it is the social media star’s last chance to silence critics who have demanded that he face off against a “real boxer”. Yes, that happened when Fury pulled out of the fight, and yes, that meant a different fight with someone who wasn’t a boxer in an exchange. The rematch with Woodley, however, provides a different kind of measure, one rooted in Paul’s own maturity as a boxer.
Paul deserved to win the first leg against Woodley, even if some thought Woodley did enough for him to raise his hand. That said, Woodley pushed Paul in ways Paul hadn’t done before and even nearly scored the knockdown. If Paul is serious about his career, his camp should focus on patching the holes in his game that allow a lot of smaller man to give him the right fit. Real warriors make adjustments and evolve from combat to combat. This will be Paul’s clearest message on whether he can do so.
Tyron Woodley’s Last Chance to Win Big
Woodley ended his UFC career in a four-fight losing skate, where he was overpowered fight after fight before finally taking on Vicente Luque, being knocked out less than four minutes into the fight. match begins. Given the chance to rematch on a big stage, but Woodley lost to a YouTube star. Now, just months before turning 40, Woodley has the opportunity to recount his big talk from before his first fight with Paul.
Opportunities don’t always come in fighting games, even with former world champions. And it rarely knocks a second time. It worked in Woodley’s favor, however, and now he must take advantage. Otherwise, his legacy could suffer a major stain. It’s hard to ignore the four dominant losses in the UFC Octagon and one loss to the “Disney kid”.
It’s the NBA vs. NFL when boxing’s weird train keeps squealing
One or three times NBA All-Star versus five times NFL Professional players? Sure, why not? Over the past few years, we’ve seen enough of the weirdest fights in the boxing ring that Deron Williams vs. Frank Gore is unlikely to make you think twice. Even if Williams has the six-inch height advantage, this is a clash of two senior athletes with similar boxing experience. That is to say, no experience.
Gore and Williams – along with everything basically in Paul’s boxing career – speak to the magic of combat sports. It seems like you’ve never found yourself wondering what would happen if two random celebrities went head-to-head in a one-on-one basketball game or on a tennis court. However, wonder what would happen if they got into a fight? That is strangely normal. What happens when Williams and Gore duel? It might be weird, but it’s definitely fun.
A unified champion will work
The “hybrid stars” may be the most eye-catching in the event, but one of the best boxers in the sport will also be in action when Amanda Serrano takes on Miriam Gutierrez. Serrano holds the WBO, WBC, and IBO world titles in featherweight, making her one of the most active female fighters in the game and by far the most accomplished boxer on the card. Serrano is back in lightweight for the first time since 2015, a move with a clear end goal: to score a big fight with Katie Taylor in 2022.
Taylor holds the WBO, WBC, IBF and WBA titles in lightweight and the showdown between the two unified champions will be one of the most exciting bouts in years for female boxing. Gutierrez seems to have been picked for a very obvious reason, with only one loss in his career, a decisive loss to Taylor in November 2020. If Serrano can get the job done against Gutierrez, and do it. more impressive than Taylor, for no reason. we can’t watch Serrano vs. Taylor next year.
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