By: Sean Crose
You don’t need to be an MMA fanatic to grasp that Tyron Woodley was some type of fighter within the octagon. The person held the UFC welterweight title for shut to 3 years – that’s no brief time period within the UFC world. On prime of that Woodley bested the likes of Robbie Lawler, Darren Until and Stephen Thomson – notable competitors throughout. Now, nonetheless, Woodley is about to step into the boxing ring as an expert for the primary time in his life. This on the age of 39 and after having misplaced his final 4 battles within the UFC.
Woodley’s opponent? Jake Paul. Sure, that Jake Paul. Though some might really feel Woodley’s seriousness and fight sport expertise will permit him to defeat Paul within the ring when the 2 meet subsequent Sunday in a Triller pay per view important occasion, legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson is of a distinct thoughts. “Jake’s gonna beat him,” Tyson mentioned overtly on his podcast. “Woodley’s not a puncher like that, that’s why he needs to battle this man, to get his final payday most likely.” Not that Tyson, who will get as a lot respect amongst UFC followers as he does boxing followers, doesn’t maintain Woodley in excessive regard.
“I’m pleased with them,” he mentioned of each combatants. “He’s (Paul’s) combating an skilled fighter. That’s so cool.” Paul has taken his share of criticism, not just for his obnoxious antics, however for not combating any severe boxers. Paul, nonetheless, has rightly mentioned that the majority boxers battle mild competitors when issues begin off. “I don’t know,” mentioned Tyson, “Paul’s an actual good striker, and I believe individuals do him a disservice once they go in there and say, ‘He’s blonde-haired and blue-eyed, he’s a white boy’, and I believe that additionally builds their braveness up and causes them to get knocked out.”
Tyson might have had a effectively earned ferocious repute again within the day, however the man has at all times been gifted with eager perception. He’s most likely one of the vital educated individuals on earth in regard to boxing’s lengthy historical past. Tyson additionally is aware of from first hand expertise what it’s like to interact in ring fight and the psychology that goes with it. That being mentioned, Woodley has been working with the one and solely Floyd Mayweather, who’s clearly of a distinct thoughts than Tyson relating to this weekend’s battle with Paul. Woodley additionally seems to be decided to emerge from the battle victorious. In different phrases, he appears to see this bout as greater than a lark.