Jake Paul confirmed on Monday that his bout with Tommy Fury is canceled due to Fury pulling out of the fight only two weeks before it was scheduled to take place on Dec. 18th. Instead, the YouTuber turned pro-boxer will rematch with Tyron Woodley, who Paul defeated in a pro-boxing match in August of 2021.
According to Jake Paul's video on the matter, Fury cited a medical condition as the reason for his withdrawal, with Paul saying that Fury fumbled the biggest bag of his life with the cancellation.
“I’m disappointed but not surprised," Paul said in a statement to Most Valuable Promotions. "Tyson Fury has pulled out of 5 fights himself. Remember Timmy didn’t show up to the press conference either. Tommy Fumbles has officially fumbled the biggest payday of his life. Tyron is stepping in and this time I’m going to punish him and leave no doubt.”
Tyrone Woodley has reportedly already been training for a potential fight with Paul, and was thus willing to take the Cruiserweight fight on short notice. Paul said that he is offering Woodley a 500k USD bonus if he can knock him out at the upcoming event. The fight will still take place on Dec. 18th starting at 6 PM PT in Tampa, FL.
Tyrone Woodley requested a rematch soon after the first fight with Paul. Paul only agreed to fight him again if Woodley got a "I love Jake Paul" tattoo, which Woodley eventually agreed to, getting the tattoo on his middle finger. Woodley has been a professional MMA fighter since 2009. He went 19-7-1 and held the UFC Welterweight Championship from July 2016 to Mar. 2019, defending the belt four times consecutively. His only boxing match was his loss against Jake Paul.
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