Jake Paul wasn’t serious when he said he planned on retiring from boxing. Color us shocked.
The 24-year-old announced earlier this week that he would retire from fighting after beating former UFC fighter Tyron Woodley Sunday night. Despite this, he continued to hype potential fights and updated his Twitter bio to read “the face of the fight game.”
A day later, he says he’s returning to the ring.
Jake Paul, who really wants to fight Conor McGregor, stole a play out of The Notorious One’s playbook. The Irishman has retired and returned to fighting three times. Though, Paul was much more transparent. It was obvious to everyone that he was trolling to keep his name in the national media spotlight for another day. Though, in fairness to Paul, this is a canny move for anyone attempting to make a living in the attention economy of social media. It’s also a smart move to position himself as the star of this unfolding narrative and hero on a redemption journey.
But it’s not all hype. “The Problem Child” is also winning. He’s 4-0, and with each fight, the chorus of boos is getting fainter and fainter.
Who Jake Paul will fight next is still up in the air. Tyron Woodley says it’s him, and Vegas oddsmakers also think he’s the most likely candidate. Though that may depend on whether Woodley is willing to get the agree-upon “I Love Jake Paul” tattoo. Tommy Fury, brother or heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, hopes it’s him.
Whoever it is, expect a massive payday for the YouTube star. He and Woodley both earned $2 million in Sunday’s fight. Paul would have made more but he donated $1 million to help pay the fighters on the undercard.
Jake Paul v. Tryon Woodley 2 Is ‘Done’ Deal
“It’s done. We’re doing the rematch,” Woodley said. “I have to get that win. It was too close. This is a movie. Ain’t nobody going to push the needle like me and him did. We sold the s— out of this pay-per-view. I think everyone was excited about it. He was tough. He was fatigued in the fight, and he found a way to keep pushing through. I can never knock him for that, but we have to run it back.”
To show his seriousness, Woodley said he would get the aforementioned tattoo and post it on social media.
“I’m willing to be a man and honor my end of the deal,” he said on The MMA Hour Monday. “(Paul) made a new deal since he’s the one that makes the bets. Now the bet blew up in your face. 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.”
Woodley didn’t announce any details about the potential rematch.