Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley: Was this fight “rigged”?
Many questions were surrounding the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight last weekend, specifically as it pertained to the end result that saw Jake Paul win by split decision. As many of us know, YouTube star and former Disney kid Jake Paul has been trying to make a name for himself within the realm of professional boxing, labeling himself as Jake “the problem child” Paul. But is there any validity to all of his wins?
Last weekend, the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight brought in a healthy box office, as it’s becoming more clear that fans are tuning into these pay-per-views to watch the “Problem Child” finally get knocked on his @$$. However, even though Paul’s opponents are slowly becoming more skilled in the art of fighting, the fact remains that Paul is still undefeated in his boxing career against questionable opponents.
To be fair, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley did give Jake Paul his best fight yet, as Jake Paul is young and does offer plenty of knockout power, hence is KOs and TKOs in his previous fights, specifically against Ben Askren and Nate Robinson. However, this is the drama with a split decision in boxing, as fans will always claim shenanigans if their choice fighter doesn’t come out as the main victor.
Jake Paul the boxer
The Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight was a much-anticipated event for many of us who are still trying to cope with the fact that Jake Paul is actually sort of good at boxing. After all, even though Paul did go into the fight 3-0, his opponents weren’t exactly up to par in terms of actually offering the Team 10 creator a decent fight that would help legitimize his claim of being a pro at the sport.
Of course, we’re referring to Paul’s first fight against fellow YouTube star AnEsonGib, former NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson, and former UFC star Ben Askren, who seemingly didn’t take Jake Paul serious enough as a fighter given how out of shape he was going into the bout last Spring. At least the forty-nine year old Tyron Woodley managed to stay in shape, which gave us hope that he’d finally be the one to end Paul.
However, things didn’t go according to plan for us Jake Paul haters, for while Tyron Woodley did have stretches where it looked like he might finally knockout Jake Paul, including one major right hook which sent Jake Paul flying onto the robes, the fact of the matter is Paul found a way to come back and take Tyron Woodley to the shed in later rounds, specifically as it pertained to multiple body punches that led him to victory.
As it pertains to the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight, it is fair to ask why so many people on Twitter are accusing the fight of being rigged. What could they be talking about? Well, these claims by skeptics come from the fact that the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley fight ended in a split decision.
It is important to understand the power a referee has in a boxing match, for if they determine that the fight is going one-sided, we’re one boxing opponent is beating the other one to a pulp, then the referee has the power to end the fight before any future damage takes place. There were multiple times during the fight where Tyron Woodley owned Paul, even pinning him to the rope where Jake Paul looked out of it.
Boxing fans claimed that there were multiple moments where the referee could have stopped the fight, but allowed Jake Paul to keep going, allocating him proper rest in between rounds to where he could fully gather himself and finish the fight which, as we mentioned, ended in a split decision to which Paul was crowned. Being a boxing ref is subjective, as no matter what you do you’re bound to upset people.