Jake Paul’s exact thought process for Tyron Woodley KO proves he wasn’t “lucky”

In an attempt to silence his doubters, Jake Paul has precisely mapped out the logic leading up to his Knockout of the Year award-winning finish of Tyron Woodley.

Paul, 24, improved his professional boxing record to 5-0 after stopping former UFC welterweight champion Woodley in the sixth round of their clash on December 18.

However, many spectators raised suspicion with the finish and said the result was fixed, alleging Woodley had given his opponent a subtle signal just prior to being knocked out for only the third time in his martial arts career.

The violent nature of Woodley's defeat left some cemented in their belief that Paul had won via unscrupulous means, with the former Disney actor having been accused of rigging results in his previous bout with Woodley and when he fought Ben Askren.

But Paul has hit back against those critics who doubted the most recent of his four professional knockouts, walking listeners through the set-up that led to one of the most famous finishes of 2021.

"I've done that to every single person that I've fought," Paul said during a recent appearance on the Boxing with Chris Mannix podcast.

"So it’s not like I’ve knocked out everyone in a violent fashion in one way or another. My power is only increasing, and I set up the shot, you watch the whole sequence.

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"I think I see his hand come flying down, I think again, go to the body, and then bring it up top with all my power and brought my hips through.

"It’s not lucky, look at all the people that Tyron Woodley has been in there with, and he’s never been KO'd like that.”

Former UFC star Woodley made the transition to boxing having been knocked out only once in his 27-fight mixed martial arts career (19-7-1).

'The Chosen One' started out as 10-0 MMA fighter before he suffered a devastating fourth-round knockout at the hands of Nate Marquardt in July 2012 while fighting for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.

More than eight years passed before he suffered a TKO loss at the hands of Colby Covington in September 2020, though it hardly counted as a knockout after Woodley called a stop to the bout with a rib injury.

Pundits and fans alike have doubted Paul's legitimacy as a boxer and called for the outspoken star to take on an opponent who is a natural to the sport and closer to their fighting prime.

The Ohio native was due to meet Tyson Fury's younger half-brother, Tommy, in December before his late injury withdrawal led to Woodley taking the bout rematch on short notice.

It was suspected the clash against Fury would be reorganised for a later date, but Paul has since suggested he's no longer eager to take that fight.

"[Tommy Fury] wants the payday. But I said it before, I don't wanna take the fight with him, he doesn't deserve it," Paul recently told Volume Sports.

"I'd rather fight Tyson Fury. I'll fight his brother or his dad before I'll fight Tommy."

There's yet to be official confirmation regarding whom Paul will fight next, although he told Mannix he's in favour of a proposed meeting with former WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr..

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