There’s nothing like going out on top. At a mere 24 years old, social media personality-turned-actor-turned boxer Jake Paul is calling his professional fighting career quits. The retirement announcement he made on Twitter is curious, to say the least. In his post-fight press conference after beating former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley yesterday, Paul talked about how he looks forward to bigger fights and is just getting “warmed up.”
Perhaps Jake Paul is simply taking a lesson from the Conor McGregor school of career management. After all, the Irish UFC legend, who Jake Paul considers an easier adversary than Woodley, has retired and returned to fighting three times.
Either way, if we’re taking Paul at his word, then he ended his professional fighting career with an impressive, albeit short-lived, record. After last night, Paul is 4-0 with three KOs.
The tweet doesn’t quite mesh with the comments Paul made following the Woodley fight on Sunday night.
“We’re on the path to a lot bigger fights, I’m salivating too because I’m just getting warmed up. Conor McGregor has a lot more to focus on besides me right now,” Jake Paul told reporters after the fight. “To be honest, no way he hits harder than Woodley. He doesn’t weigh as much as Woodley. He’s shorter than Woodley. I’ve said it before the fight, I think Woodley is a harder fight than him, especially the way he’s going. Conor is going down, I’m going up. Woodley came in game, we’ll see.”
The shots at McGregor are a classic goading tactic. Of course, McGregor is also sidelined for what very well could be a full year after the injury he suffered at the hands of Dustin Poirier.
Tyron Woodley Challenges Jake Paul to a Rematch
Jake Paul’s retirement at this point would mean losing out on a veritable fortune. He’s already plenty wealthy, but after just four fights, his name recognition and reach from social media have made him one of the highest-paid fighters in the world.
According to Forbes, Paul has already made roughly $20 million from boxing. Now, he has the prospect of another huge moneymaker in a potential rematch with Tyron Woodley. According to MMA Fighting, the two had a deal in place. If Woodley gets an “I Love Jake Paul” tattoo on his body somewhere, Paul will take the second fight.
But with Paul announcing his retirement, Woodley, understandably, feels slighted.
“He’s trying to back out of it. He’s being a coward. I’m calling you out: You’re being a coward. I’m willing to be a man and honor my end of the deal,” Woodley said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “Let’s do it. I’m willing and I will. If I’ve got to get my own tattoo artist, I think I’m sliding to L.A., let’s get it cracking.”