Paul finished the fight with a brutal knockout
Jake Paul secured a devastating victory in his rematch bout against Tyron Woodley on Saturday night, knocking out the former UFC champion in the sixth round.
Paul won the first bout in Cleveland, Ohio in August, securing victory by split decision.
However, the YouTuber-turned-boxer was lucky to avoid a first knockdown in his hometown – with Woodley proving Paul with his first real in-ring test before he went on to continue his winning streak.
The 24-year-old was due to be facing Tommy Fury, but the ex-Love Islander pulled out three weeks before the fight because of a bacterial chest infection and broken rib.
Former UFC welterweight champion Woodley stepped up at short notice for a second fight against Paul and was been offered an extra $500,000 if he wins the rematch by knockout.
Woodley came out quick in the first round looking for an overhand right, but he failed to connect. Paul landed with a couple of jabs, but a the majority of the opening three minutes was spent in a clinch – with fans less than impressed with what they were seeing.
Paul made a strong start to the second round, connecting with the first big shot of the fight courtesy of an overhand right. He followed that up with a smart combination, before Woodley returned with his first real punch of the fight. The ‘Problem Child’ definitely started on top.
The third round saw Paul connect with a couple of right hands, which was quickly followed by an accidental elbow from Woodley – causing a cut to Paul’s forehead. With a significant amount of blood coming from his opponent, the former UFC star gained confidence and began unloading on Paul.
Woodley tried to lunge in, but the pair began to clinch once again. Blood continued to stream into Paul’s eyes, but The Chosen One remained hesitant in his approach.
Despite his corner’s best efforts, Paul’s cut continued to bleed badly after Woodley landed a nice uppercut. The clinching continued, before Woodley basically picked Paul up and threw him onto the floor – leading the referee to warn him against doing it against.
The 39-year-old struggled to find his rhythm, failing to throw enough significant strike in the fourth round, even with Paul struggling to see from the blood running down his face.
Both fighters missed with a big right hand at the start of the fifth round, with the pair then throwing very little between them. The crowd continued to be annoyed with the amount of clinching, but luckily for Paul, his cut didn’t appear to open up too much.
Woodley failed to take control when he had a good chance to, with Paul happy to jab wherever he could.
The ex-UFC man threw a couple of jabs to the body, but then the pair clinched again. He followed up with a right hand, which again failed to connect.
The fight then saw its first bit of quality when Paul landed a huge over hand right to Woodley, knocking him out cold and ending the fight in devastating fashion.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 19, 2021