Jake ‘The Problem Child’ Paul (4-0, 3 KOs) ground out a lackluster eight round split decision on Sunday night beating a shot-looking former UFC champion Tyron Woodley (0-1) at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
The judge’s scores: 77-75, 78-74 Jake, 77-75 Woodley.
There wasn’t much to separate the two fighters at the end, but the judges liked the early work by Jake in the first half of the fight.
Woodley refused to throw punches in the first three rounds, giving them away with him being overcautious. When Woodley finally did start throwing punches in the fourth, he staggered Jake with a big shot that caused him to fall into the ropes.
The referee gave Jake a huge break by failing to score it a knockout when it was clear that the ropes had held him up.
After the fourth, Jake, 24, was completely spent with nothing left in the gas tank. From that point on, it was all Jake could do to jab and move away. Given the anemic work rate for Woodley, Jake was able to preserve his lead to win an eight-round split decision.
This was a very boring fight to watch, and it failed to live up to all the huge billing that it was given in the promotional push.
Jake looked like a fighter that should never fight a REAL boxer because he’s not someone that possesses the talent to share the ring with a real contender.
In an impressive performance, WBC/WBO female featherweight champion Amanda Serrano (41-1-1, 30 KOs) pounded out a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over challenger Yamileth Mercado (18-3, 5 KOs). The judges scored it 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91.
Mercado fought tooth & nail until the end, making it a fun fight to watch. It was easily better than the Dubois vs. Cusumano and Tommy Fury vs. Anthony Young fights.
Heavyweight Daniel Dubois (17-1, 16 KOs) obliterated his opponent Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano (19-4, 17 KOs) by a first round knockout, dropping the over-matched fighter three times before the referee waved it off.
The time of the stoppage was at 2:10. Dubois landing huge shots that knocked Cusumano over repeatedly. He had no resistance to the big shots that Dubois was nailing him with, and he didn’t have the sense enough to clinch each time he’d get up.
On the negative side, Dubois was getting hit cleanly by right hands from Cusumano, showing no head movement and plowing forward. There were virtually zero improvements in Dubois’ defense from his fight with Joe Joyce last November.
It was the same Dubois that we saw eating jabs all night long by Joyce until he quit on his knee in the 10th round. In Dubois’ last fight, he defeated Bogdan Dinu by a second round knockout last June.
Bogdan was a similar weak opponent to Cusumano tonight. There was no difference at all between them. If this is the way Dubois is going to be matched by his promoter, he’s never going to improve his game to have a chance of unseating WBA champion Anthony Joshua.
In a thrilling fight, light welterweight Montana Love ((16-0-1, 8 KOs) defeated former IBF 140lb champion Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk (20-3, 13 KOs) by a seventh round stoppage in a war.
Love, 26, knocked Baranchyk down at the end of the seventh, resulting in the contest being stopped in between rounds by the Russian fighter’s corner.
In the third, Baranchyk hurt Love with a big right hand to the head. However, Love returned to stun Baranchyk with a big shot in the sixth and then drop him at the end of the seventh. After the seventh, Baranchyk’s corner wisely stopped it.
For Baranchyk, 28, this was his third defeat in his last four fights and a sign that he may be done. If Baranchyk continues, he needs a trainer that can get him to focus more on his defense so he doesn’t get hit as much.
Also, he needs to use more boxing and less slugging. Tonight, Baranchyk loaded up on everything he threw, making it easy for Love to defend against his shots.
In a so-so performance, the defensively focused light heavyweight prospect Tommy Fury (7-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with a listless four round unanimous decision over Anthony Young (0-2).
The judges scored it 40-36, 40-36, and 40-36, all for the 22-year-old Fury. This wasn’t the performance that Tommy Fury needed to earn him a fight with Jake Paul.
According to Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza, this was an “audition” tonight for Tommy to try and land the Jake fight.
You can argue that Tommy failed the audition miserably by not going to war with Young and failing to impress.
Tommy is the younger half-brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Like Tyson, Tommy doesn’t possess much power, and he’s more of a pure boxer than a puncher.
Tommy will likely never make the big money that some fighters get in their careers, but if he can somehow get picked by Jake Paul, he’ll make enough to retire on.
If Tommy wants a fight with Jake Paul, he will need to be more aggressive and stop putting so much emphasis on not getting hit.
I mean, the last thing Jake needs is a defensive guy that is going to be as elusive as a greased pig the way Tyson Fury fights. Jake isn’t going to want to be made to look bad by Tommy.
Junior middleweight Charles Conwell (16-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Juan Carlos Rubio (18-1, 9 KOs) by a third round knockout. Conwell knocked Rubio down a couple of times in the second en route to stopping him in the third. The time of the stoppage was at 2:49.
How to watch Paul vs. Woodley?
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley card will start at 8:00 p.m. ET. The locations at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, OH.
Paul vs. Woodley will be shown on Showtime PPV
Jake knows what it’s like to fight inside the squared circle, and he’s not a lot of sparring in the last 18 months that would seemingly give him the edge over the 40-year-old Woodley.
There’s no denying that Jake loves boxing and seems to live and breathe it 24 hours a day. That in itself gives him an edge against Woodley. Moreover, Jake is the taller, younger, and stronger puncher of the two.
We don’t know whether Jake has the boxing skills to compete with real fighters to be a world-class boxer. I mean, we’ve heard Jake call out different fighters, but he’s not being taken seriously because he’s still facing scrubs.
That’s not a knock on Woodley, but he’s not a boxer, and he hasn’t won a fight in three years since 2018 in the octagon. Woodley isn’t a world-class fighter either, which is why tonight’s fight is difficult to predict.
Obviously, you’ve got to lean in the direction of the younger, more active guy in Jake Paul, but you can’t rule out a win for Woodley tonight because Jake’s experience in boxing has come against garbage opposition.
The only fighter of the three that gave Jake something to briefly think about his short one-year pro career was Nate Robinson last November.
Robinson had superior hand speed, and he landed a few shots when he attacked Jake right off the bat with a bum rush.
That might be one way for Woodley to succeed in this fight because he’s probably not going to do well if he takes his time and lets Jake slowly set him up for big killer left hooks and right hands.
Woodley has been vetted by Jake Paul’s management to be viewed as a sure-thing win for him. Hence, that’s the sole reason Woodley was hand-picked for him.
Of course, we have zero experience against fighters with a pulse; it’s still possible for Jake to lose this fight. But overall, Team Jake has scouted Woodley well, and they don’t view him as a threat.
Think about it. Jake is making too much money for these mismatches that he’s selling to the public on PPV, and he’s not going to blow his future earning potential by picking someone that could maybe beat him.
In some respects, Jake is similar to Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he carefully chooses his opponents with the help of his management to face guys that have only a small chance of beating him.
Technically, Jake fought a live body in his last fight in destroying former MMA star Ben Askren in one round last April in a boxing match.
However, Askren was always known for having poor sticking skills, and he wasn’t a young 36 for that fight. He was coming off of surgery, and he’d looked like he’d done only minimal training to take the weight off.
Team Jake picked Askren well, choosing a fighter that was old and whose body wasn’t physically capable of leading him to a victory.
Jake Paul (3-0, 3 KOs) has a real test on his hands tonight against the highly experienced former UFC champion Tyron Woodley in the headliner on Showtime pay-per-view in Cleveland.
The YouTube social media influencer Paul and Woodley will be leading the way in a packed card at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland.