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Fans are worried for Tyron Woodley in his professional boxing debut after seeing leaked footage of him in sparring.
The former UFC welterweight champion is taking on Jake Paul in Cleveland, Ohio next weekend and many are hoping Woodley will be the one to finally shut up the YouTuber-turned-boxer.
The 39-year-old has knocked out plenty of opponents inside the Octagon but clips of him in between the ropes are not filling people with much confidence.
Woodley was mixing up with professional boxer Anthony ‘White Chocolate’ Martinez in a recent session and still adopting a mixed martial arts type stance.
With his technique and defence less than impressive and Woodley looking quite vulnerable, Riley Osborne of RoundHouse Radio reckons he could seriously struggle.
"Instead of having a closed boxing guard, he (Woodley) has an open either MMA or Muay Thai guard," he said as he commentated over the videos.
“Now I think that’s really important to note, as that’s going to be an ideal guide for boxing when you’re a guy like Tyron Woodley.
“Tyron Woodley doesn’t have great footwork, he doesn’t have great head movement.
“We’ve seen it especially in the couple of his fights in MMA – he’s very stationary.
“The way he plants himself into the ground, he doesn’t use footwork to get out of the way. So, for him, against a guy like Jake Paul who's going to be able to have a lot of volume, he needs to have good guard that can sort of bounce straight shots off without him having to be manually deflecting them.”
Plenty of people on social media share the same view as Osborne when it comes to Woodley's skillset.
just watched Tyron Woodley sparring and why tf is he slipping a jab to the right hand he's gonna fucking lose...😭😭😭😭— YTTER🇸🇪🀄 (@YtterMMA) August 18, 2021
Woodley's last MMA victory came against Darren Till in 2018 and he then lost four consecutive fights in UFC before ultimately deciding to retire from the sort.
He now headlines the Showtime card alongside Paul, with British boxers Tommy Fury and Daniel Dubois also on the bill.
Woodley's opponent Paul has also come in for criticism of his boxing abilities, with the 3-0 fighter's technique on the punchbag completely and utterly rinsed by fans.