- Previously covered University of Michigan for ESPN.com and AnnArbor.com
- Also covered Notre Dame for Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
TAMPA, Florida — YouTube sensation-turned-boxer Jake Paul is back in the ring to face Tyron Woodley in a rematch after Paul’s split decision victory over the former UFC champion in August. The eight-round cruiserweight bout headlines a seven-fight boxing card at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday (Showtime PPV, 9 p.m. ET).
Paul (4-0, 3 KOs), 24, of Cleveland, was scheduled to face heavyweight champ Tyson Fury’s half brother, Tommy Fury. But Fury was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury, and Woodley took his spot as a late replacement.
Woodley (0-1), 39, of Ferguson, Missouri, a wrestler in college, won the UFC welterweight title against Robbie Lawler in 2006 and defended the belt four times. In his first meeting with Paul, Woodley was able to land his big right hand, but Paul dominated the rest of the fight for the victory.
Also on Saturday’s card, former NFL running back Frank Gore, takes on former NBA guard Deron Williams in a four-round heavyweight battle.
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Fight in progress: J’Leon Love vs. Marcus Oliveira, 8 rounds, cruiserweights
Estela dominates, wins unanimous decision
Jeovanny Estela moved better from the opening bell and for four rounds, and continuously put a small barrage on Chris Rollins, so it was no surprise Estela won an unanimous decision in the four-round junior middleweight bout that was the opener to the card.
Estela, from Orlando, Florida, appeared to be on the verge of knocking down Rollins (5-3-1, 4 KO), from Charlottesville, Virginia, multiple times during the fight, but Rollins — the more experienced fighter — held on in each round. But it was clear from the jump Estela (6-0, 2 KO) was the stronger fighter. — Rothstein.
Still to come:
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2, 8 rounds, cruiserweights
Amanda Serrano vs. Miriam Gutierrez, 10 rounds, lightweights
Deron Williams vs. Frank Gore, 4 rounds, heavyweight exhibition
Liam Paro vs. Yomar Alamo, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
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