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YouTuber Jake Paul edges former UFC champion Tyron Woodley to stay unbeaten

Delfin Dioquino
YouTuber Jake Paul edges former UFC champion Tyron Woodley to stay unbeaten

UNBEATEN. Jake Paul says his bout against Tyron Woodley is a 'tougher fight than I expected.'

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YouTube star Jake Paul earns his fourth straight boxing win by outclassing the debuting Tyron Woodley

YouTube star Jake Paul kept his professional boxing record spotless after toppling former UFC champion Tyron Woodley via split decision on Sunday, August 29 (Monday, August 30, Manila time).

Paul hiked his record to 4-0 as he outclassed Woodley, who fought in boxing for the first time, in their eight-round cruiserweight contest.

Two judges scored the bout 77-75 and 78-74 in favor of Paul, while the other had it 77-75 for Woodley.

“He is a tough opponent. He has been boxing, fighting, striking, whatever you want to call it for 20-something years. I’ve been doing this for three years as of a couple of days ago,” said Paul.

“It was a tougher fight than I expected,” added Paul, whose victims include former NBA player Nate Robinson and former UFC fighter Ben Askren.

Woodley staggered Paul a couple of times, but he failed to capitalize on his chances as he looked tentative in his boxing debut.

Still, Woodley felt he deserves another shot at Paul.

“Off the top I want an instant rematch,” Woodley said. “Nobody [is] going to sell the pay-per-view like we did. Of course I want a rematch.”

Woodley won the UFC welterweight championship in 2016 and held it until 2018 with four title defenses.

The 39-year-old mixed martial artist, however, surrendered his belt to Kamaru Usman and has since lost his last four UFC bouts, the last of which a defeat to Vicente Luque in March. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.