MMA Coach Firas Zahabi took his time to analyse the upcoming professional Boxing fight between Former UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and YouTuber turn Boxer Jake Paul, which will take place on the August 29th.
The Renowned MMA Coach went on to give reasons why Tyron Woodley could lose the fight against Jake, which seems practically impossible to many but wouldn’t be surprising to him when such a result is read after the fight.
“This is a very tough fight for Tyron,” Zahabi said on a recent AMA session. “Why would Tyron Woodley possibly lose this fight? One, the guy he’s fighting is bigger, and he’s a big puncher.”
Zahabi knows Woodley is actually a better puncher than Paul but to him, that is mostly evident in his sparring sessions and not in actually fights, because to him Woodley avoids danger and never willing to engage.
“(Woodley) doesn’t want to take that risk, even though he has that skill,” Zahabi said. “He executes in sparring, but he’s a little bit gunshy (in actual fights).
There is a huge believe out there that Paul is is now biting more than he can chew and that Woodley will easily get a knockout win but Zahabi could see it go in Paul’s favour too.
Jake Paul is definitely younger and more athletic than Woodley, possessing a big right that was evident in his first three professional fights. All this could play to his favour against Woodley, who might probably be over confident before walking into that right hand.
“He knocks out a young, overly excited Jake Paul, who’s overly confident, walks into his right hand and gets laid out. Is that a possibility? Absolutely. However, I do feel that Jake Paul holds the same weapon. He’s got a devastating, devastating right hand, except Jake Paul is going to be more active, with the same right hand.
“Either guy can get knocked out with a right hand, but Jake Paul is bigger, explosive, very athletic,” Zahabi said. “Because he’s bigger, he could push around, he could bully a Tyron Woodley a little bit.”
Zahabi further elaborated on his own perception of being bigger in a fight and pointed out the fact that, there is no Anti Doping Agency regularly testing this fighters ahead of the fight and due to the unprofessional nature of Jake’s corner, there will definitely be Personal Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) flying around, which he feels will be dangerous for Woodley.
“I didn’t want to mention it, but my number one factor — Jake Paul’s corner, they’re going to be on all sorts of substances,” Zahabi said. “I don’t think they test. Maybe the week of the fight, (but) there’s no USADA. I didn’t want to say, but I think that’s a major factor. When I say he’s bigger and stronger and he’s more athletic, I think he’s basically on PEDs.
“I hate to say it, but I definitely think Jake Paul is going to be on PEDs. It exists in the world of boxing, just like it exists in MMA,” he said. “And I don’t think Tyron will be on PEDs. I think Tyron will be totally natural. Does it make a difference? It absolutely does.”
Zahabi sees Woodley struggling in the first few rounds of the fight then taking control in the later rounds due to his experience and the fact that they have both trained together in the past.
Woodley will be making his Boxing Debut on that day against Jake, who has gone 3-0 in his first three fights with all ending with a knockout. His wins also includes a first round knockout win over Woodley’s stablemate Ben Askren.