Boxing’s most ridiculous ‘retirement’? YouTuber Jake Paul reverses his call to quit the sport, just 25 hours and 37 minutes after original ‘announcement’ was mocked by fight fans
- Youtuber turned boxer Jake Paul is still unbeaten after winning another fight
- The American faced UFC star Tyron Woodley who switched codes to boxing
- Paul was deemed the victor of the contest on a point decision in Cleveland
- After the fight – his fourth professional win – Paul said he would be retiring
YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul has received a backlash after making a U-turn on his decision to ‘retire’ from the sport just over 24 hours later.
The 24-year-old American faced UFC star Tyron Woodley in front of a raucous home crowd in Cleveland on Sunday evening, and took victory on a points decision.
It meant Paul remains undefeated as a professional in the ring, and the YouTube star took to his social media profiles in the aftermath to declare himself a ‘retired boxer.’
The 24-year-old informed his four million Twitter followers of his decision on Monday
Just over 24 hours later Paul put out another tweet claiming he was still going to be fighting
Paul defeated former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley by split decision in Ohio
Paul had said he needs to ‘chill out’ having committed his life to boxing over 18 months
The original post was greeted by an outpouring of scoffs and sceptical questions, with many fans insisting Paul was simply making the statement to draw more attention.
Then, just over 24 hours later, the viral star returned to Twitter with a further update – simply writing: ‘Updated status: I’m coming out of retirement.’
The predictable move was quickly slammed by boxing enthusiasts, with one user labeling him ‘the biggest joke.’
Another tongue-in-cheek response read: ‘Greatest retirement come back didn’t even last a day.’
It didn’t take lot for many people to draw parallels between Paul’s action and that of MMA superstar Conor McGregor, who the YouTuber has been desperately calling out for months in hope of a showdown.
Paul has taken every opportunity to dig out McGregor, trying to coax the Irishman back into putting on the gloves for the first time since his iconic showdown with Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor, who has announced his retirement from combat sports several times in the past before publicly reversing his decision, is still in the recovery process after breaking his leg during a recent UFC headline clash with Dustin Poirier.
One Twitter user added: ‘Man really wanted to beat Conor at something so he took the record for fastest turn around for a retirement.’
Paul now has four victories to his name, after beating fellow YouTuber Ali Loui Al-Fakhri – known as AnEson Gib, former NBA star Nate Robinson, ex-UFC man Ben Askren and now another UFC name in Woodley.
Paul and Tommy Fury clashed backstage in Cleveland after both registered victories
Fury was heard telling the YouTuber to ‘take the fight’ after months of verbals between the pair
Criticisms have rained down on Paul though for his seeming refusal to step into the ring with an out-and-out boxer, who is trained in the sport.
For months Paul has been trading insults with Tommy Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight world champion Tyson and former Love Island contestant.
Fury has accused Paul of ducking the fight, and the pair were involved in a heated confrontation backstage following the Cleveland fight night, in which Fury was victorious on the undercard against Anthony Taylor via unanimous decision.
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