Last Updated on 19 Dec 2021 1:30 pm (UK Time)
YouTube star Jake Paul recorded his fifth professional boxing victory, following a sixth-round knockout in Tampa, Florida.
The 24-year-old, with over 20 million YouTube subscribers, beat the former UFC welterweight champion for the second time in just four months, after a points victory back in August.
Paul had been set to face Tommy Fury in an eagerly anticipated clash, but Fury pulled out citing illness and injuries to his ribs.
Taking the fight at two weeks notice, Paul branded the 39-year-old Woodley a “legend”.
‘The Problem Child’ claimed a unanimous points victory in the first bout between the pair, however, he was much more decisive in the rematch, landing an overhand right which left Woodley on the canvas, extending his record to 5-0. Paul ran to his corner, immediately congratulated by his brother and fellow YouTube sensation Logan Paul.
In the post-fight press conference, the Cleveland-born boxer revealed ambitions to become world champion.Embed from Getty Images
“It’s really up to me and my team and how hard I want to work. I’m hungry and motivated.
“I would love to just continue to put on historic events, sell massive pay-per-views and fight higher level opposition as I go.
“Maybe when the time is right I’ll go for the world championship belt, whatever belt that is – IBF, WBA, WBO, I don’t know. It would be funny to become a world champion and be like: “Yeah, I’m a YouTuber”.”
On several occasions, he has claimed that his level of opposition in early fights has exceeded the majority of professional fighters in their careers.
His boxing career began in August 2018, where he defeated Deji Olatunji, brother of KSI, in an amateur contest by TKO. Turning professional, YouTuber AnEsonGib (pictured below) was disposed of in a TKO in round one in January 2020.Embed from Getty Images
Paul had four more fights since then, defeating retired basketballer Nate Robinson, retired MMA fighter Ben Askren and the former UFC champion Woodley on two occasions.
“No one in the history of boxing has done what I’ve done at this age,” he added.
“Massive pay-per-views knocked out every single person that I’ve fought. The only person that’s as active as me and doing as big pay-per-views is Canelo.
“I’ve turned everyone I’ve fought into memes, going viral all over the internet. I’m ready to fight whoever – it doesn’t matter if they’re a professional boxer or a five-time UFC champion. I’m built for this.”