Jake Paul has revealed his pre-fight fears meant his legs “went weird” ahead of his fifth professional fight against Tyron Woodley.
The YouTube star took victory in his latest ring exploit against the former UFC welterweight champion by split-decision, narrowly avoiding a scare when he took a huge right hand in the fourth round.
And the 24-year-old now faces a raft of potential options in his next fight, being linked with the likes of British light-heavyweight Tommy Fury and a rematch with Woodley.
But the YouTuber has revealed his pre-fight fears made his “legs go weird” following a big appearance in front of a capacity crowd in Cleveland.
“I don’t know what to say, but he’s a tough opponent,” Paul said. post-fight “He’s been boxing, fighting, striking for a number of years, I’ve been doing this for three years, this one was for Cleveland.
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“My legs felt weird from when we walked out, I don’t know what was wrong with me. That split decision was bulls***, especially in my hometown, where’s that judge at?
“I got eight rounds under my belt, who’s doing that in their fourth pro fight? I’ve been boxing for 18 months, I haven’t been to the dentist, my teeth are crooked, my nose is crooked, I need to take some time.
“I’m only 24-years-old, I need to find out who I am, I’m changing a lot.”
Paul initially declined to confirm a future bout with the younger brother of Tyson Fury, despite initially revealing his long-term plans to set the contest up using the card.
And now Fury said in a press-conference that Paul is “not a real fighter” after he was told by Paul’s brother Logan Paul to remain outside of the ring prompting an altercation in the hallway after the fight.
“It just transpired about ten minutes ago,” Fury told reporters at the post-fight press conference. “I was doing an interview and his whole team landed.
“Jake Paul’s squaring up to me, the whole thing but he’s seen me at ringside leaning over the ropes waiting to get in there and there’s Logan saying, ‘not right now’.
“They ain’t fighters, I’ve said this from word one, if you want the fight I’m here and I’m ready to go, no running and no playing and it’s fine if you don’t want the fight just say it.
“I want the fight, and if you don’t, that’s fine just say it and I can go my way and you go yours, but stop using my name.
“I’ve done my part, he did his part. Why not make the fight next? It’s on the tip of everyone’s tongues.”
Paul has a range of different options available to him in future bouts, having rivalries with the likes of British YouTuber KSI, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Woodley has since demanded a rematch of the clash, labelling the fight “fishy” after Paul was “held up’ by the ropes at the mid-way point of the clash, going on to take the victory.