Woodley could have just lately parted ways with the UFC – and maybe MMA – for now, however the former welterweight champion says you may count on him to be actively competing within the boxing ring.
“I’m in boxing now,” Woodley advised reporters following Tuesday’s press convention. “I’m right here, and also you’re going to have this microphone by my face so much as a result of I ain’t going nowhere. I’m going to be combating actual boxers, they usually’re going to have an issue to cope with – and it’s going to be me. On the finish of the day, I’m in boxing proper now. He’s my first opponent. That is your and all people else’s first likelihood to look at me field.
“I’m in boxing – there’s no ifs. I’m on the ‘know’ stage proper now. I don’t suppose – there’s no ifs. Sure, I’ll win. I’ll knock him out. I’m in boxing.”
Woodley takes on YouTube star Paul in an eight-round, 190-pound catchweight boxing match Aug. 29 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Though he’s placing his foot within the door by partaking with the social media boxing extravaganza, Woodley intends on going through established names within the sport after he’s accomplished with Paul.
“I wish to pay respect to the game,” Woodley stated. “I want to battle an OG, a veteran, someone that’s been within the sport for a very long time. (Oscar) De La Hoya’s identify bought thrown round a bit of bit. To enter into someone’s sport, I feel you’ve bought to do it in a respectful method. I feel we’re combating a seasoned veteran first, after which possibly combating a present stud. I feel that’s the way in which you get the respect.
“I’ll battle (Paul) most likely a few occasions, as a result of he’s going to be strolling round with a ‘I really like Tyron Woodley’ tattoo on his physique (from our bet). So that you may as nicely attempt to get it again – attempt to get an opportunity to redeem your self. So we’re most likely going to battle a few occasions. He added the no competitors – who does that after they’re assured? … I actually imagine that combating him just a few occasions, combating an OG within the boxing recreation, and combating a present man, there’s no method you may’t respect me now. Put these 4 fights collectively.”