When the referee signaled that the boxing match was over in Spherical 6 early Sunday, Jake Paul leapt onto the turnbuckles in a nook of the ring at Amalie Area in Tampa, Fla., and stared into the screaming crowd. Then he turned towards considered one of Showtime’s cameras and took a bow.
His opponent, Tyron Woodley, lay facedown close to the middle of the ring after a robust proper hand from Paul had knocked him out.
In an interview within the ring after the battle, Paul, sweating and respiratory closely, declared himself “one of the vital worthwhile boxers within the sport.”
“It’s received to be one of many biggest moments of my life,” he informed his interviewer, Ariel Helwani. “Take a look at what I simply did. Take a look at the yr I simply had. Unprecedented.”
Later, Paul, 24, addressed the Final Combating Championship’s president, Dana White, with whom he has publicly feuded, and provided to tackle among the stars of blended martial arts, all of which might be huge attracts ought to any of the proposed bouts come to fruition.
Saying he had simply “embarrassed your entire firm,” Paul pleaded with White to just accept his supply, which included dealing with blended martial artists like Kamaru Usman, the present U.F.C. welterweight champion; Nate Diaz; Jorge Masvidal; and Conor McGregor. “I’m going to embarrass them, too. I promise you that, Dana.”
Woodley is a former U.F.C. welterweight champion who had efficiently defended his title 4 occasions, finally shedding it to Usman in 2019. Woodley’s closing 4 U.F.C. matches led to defeat.
Whether or not Paul is a product of his social media following (22.1 million accounts comply with him throughout Twitter and Instagram), his trash-talking or different promotional ways, he has grow to be one of the vital fashionable, and polarizing, attracts since he turned to boxing a couple of years in the past. He had constructed up his fame as an actor on Disney Channel, then on Vine, a former video-sharing app.
Paul’s inventory has risen tremendously in solely 5 fights, and his ascension has been nontraditional. Fight sports activities purists resent his gimmicks. Others recognize the spectacle and a focus he and his brother, Logan, have delivered to the game.
In June, Logan Paul, a YouTuber like his brother, went the gap in an exhibition match in opposition to Floyd Mayweather, a bout that ended without a winner.
On Saturday night time, Jake Paul, no stranger to garnering consideration, walked out to the track “Y.M.C.A.” by the Village Folks, performing out the letters as the group sang alongside.
Paul (5-0) has now knocked out every of the 4 opponents he has confronted. (He beat Woodley by cut up resolution in August earlier than knocking him out early Sunday.)
After a win in his first skilled battle, in 2020 in opposition to a fellow YouTuber, Paul beat a former N.B.A. participant, Nate Robinson, in a knockout, the movies of which went viral. He then blasted Ben Askren, a retired blended martial artist, within the first spherical. None of his first three opponents provided a lot competitors as boxers, and even punchers. After signing a multiple-fight take care of Showtime Sports activities, Paul scheduled Woodley, as soon as among the finest welterweights within the U.F.C.
Paul had hoped to be taken extra severely in boxing when he confronted Woodley in August. Though Woodley had fought solely blended martial arts bouts until then — 27 of them — they squared off on the N.B.A. area in Cleveland, Paul’s hometown. Two of the three judges scored the shut bout in Paul’s favor, however skepticism about his legitimacy remained.
After Tommy Fury, an undefeated boxer who’s the brother of the heavyweight Tyson Fury, pulled out of their scheduled battle a couple of weeks in the past due to a medical challenge, Paul scheduled a rematch with Woodley and promised a extra thrilling match than the primary one.
After Paul knocked him out in an in any other case uninteresting battle early Sunday that drew boos from the group, Woodley recommended him.
“Sooner or later, you’re going to have to start out placing slightly respect on Jake’s identify,” Woodley informed reporters afterward.
After fielding criticism that he was too passive of their first assembly, Woodley was barely extra aggressive to start out their second match. He threw greater than 30 punches within the first spherical, in contrast with fewer than 10 in August. Within the third spherical, he unintentionally elbowed Paul within the brow, opening a deep gash above Paul’s proper eye that bled for a lot of the battle.
With lower than a minute left within the sixth spherical, Woodley appeared to decrease his left hand earlier than Paul nailed him on the aspect of his head.
Afterward, Woodley stated he didn’t know why he dropped his hand.
“Generally I simply felt like I used to be too tense,” he stated afterward, “and I’ll have dropped them simply to breathe and loosen up.”
Paul, who has not confronted a boxer in his brief profession, known as out Fury repeatedly within the time main as much as this weekend’s battle and once more afterward, telling reporters that Fury was “fortunate he wasn’t in there tonight.”
His assured remarks continued all through his information convention after the battle, the place he emphasised his significance to the game.
“Nobody within the historical past of boxing has accomplished what I’ve accomplished at this age,” Paul stated.
However not everybody was satisfied.
In response to Paul’s supply to face him subsequent, Masvidal, who misplaced to Usman of their welterweight title bout this yr, denounced Paul’s proposition on social media.
“I battle for cash or to battle one of the best on this planet — you’re neither,” Masvidal stated in an Instagram video. “I’ll let you know what. Come on over to U.F.C. Signal a one-fight deal. I’ll break your jaw in entrance of the entire world.”