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Tyron Woodley Makes Statement After Tommy Fury Pulls Out Of Jake Paul Fight

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Tyron Woodley Makes Statement After Tommy Fury Pulls Out Of Jake Paul Fight

Tyron Woodley has put out a statement about fighting Jake Paul in a rematch, after Tommy Fury pulled out of his fight with the YouTuber.

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After months of back and forth jibes between Fury and Paul on the internet, the two undefeated light heavyweights were finally set to meet on December 18th.

On Monday however, following earlier rumours, Paul revealed in a social media post that medical reasons had forced his rival to pull out out the fight.

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Illness had previously interrupted the British fighters preparations for the duel, that had become personal over the past few months.

Woodley, who fought Paul in August, and was the first man to take the 24-year-old the distance in one of his fights, will now step up for a rematch, and the former UFC champion has now made a statement, via his manager.

"I'm excited to get this deal done," Malki Kawa told the Mirror, "And to have Tyron have the fight he was supposed to originally have anyway."

Woodley hurt Paul during their fight. Image: ShowTime
Woodley hurt Paul during their fight. Image: ShowTime
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Woodley was the second former UFC fighter that Paul had beaten, having stopped Ben Askren in the previous fight, but it wasn't without controversy.

The 39-year-old looked to have hurt the YouTuber part way through the fight, having rocked him with a big shot, but failed to capitalise on the situation.

It led to claims on the night that the fight was rigged and later a conspiracy that there was a clause in the contract that stopped Woodley earning a stoppage.

Paul has since denied the theory and claimed that such a clause would be illegal.

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There was however a bet between the two that they could have a rematch if the MMA star got the YouTubers name tattooed on his body.

Woodley and Paul faced in the summer. Image: PA Images
Woodley and Paul faced in the summer. Image: PA Images

The build up to the Fury fight, which now looks unlikely to be taking place until sometime next year, had been full of insults between the two inexperienced boxers.

The pair couldn't be in the same place for their pre fight press conference and Paul was dialling in on Zoom, which led to Tommy's dad John to square up to a television.

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Tyson Fury also got involved in the verbal sparring, telling Paul to lock up his girlfriend, because this already unedifying rivalry really needed a bit of misogyny thrown in, with the American jokingly locking her in a suitcase.

Featured Image Credit: Showtime/PA

Topics: Boxing, Tyson Fury, Tyron Woodley, Jake Paul, Tommy Fury, MMA, UFC

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