‘Taking the p***’ – Boxing fans FURIOUS as ESPN award Jake Paul ‘knockout of the year’ after beating Tyron Woodley

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'Taking the p***' - Boxing fans FURIOUS as ESPN award Jake Paul 'knockout of the year' after beating Tyron Woodley

Boxing purists are furious that Tyron Woodley’s stoppage to Jake Paul won ESPN’s Knockout of the Year award.

ESPN Ringside gave fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite KOs of 2021, which featured some of the most brutal stoppages of the year.

Jake Paul brutally fired Tyron Woodley earlier this month

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Jake Paul brutally fired Tyron Woodley earlier this monthcredits: Showtime
A massive overhand from a YouTuber saw him flatline former UFC champion Woodley

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A massive overhand from a YouTuber saw him flatline former UFC champion Woodleycredit: REX
The surprising stop won him ESPN Ringside's Knockout of the Year award

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The surprising stop won him ESPN Ringside’s Knockout of the Year awardcredit: ESPN

Paul’s viral sixth-round KO Woodley was one of the contenders for the end of the year and won the honor by a landslide.

But longtime sweet science followers weren’t happy, with one saying: “It was a brutal KO, but I feel a little bad for real boxers such as [Oscar]Valdez that deserves a little more IMO

Another said: “The state of boxing these days.”

And another said: “That’s ridiculous.”

One commented: “ESPN ringside turned their backs on professional boxers who actually fought for their hearts in title fights!

“For a million dollar gimmick!”


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Another chimed in: “So KOing people who aren’t boxers now win prizes? How far has boxing fallen.”

Only one said: “Taking p**s.”

Paul’s surprise KO of former UFC welterweight champion Woodley claimed their fight was a ‘fixed one’.

But that notion has been debunked by Woodley’s longtime coach, Deen Thomas, who said during an appearance on Sirius XM radio: “This whole theory, it makes me laugh.

“Because being in his camp, I know how serious it was.

“It was seriously like Tyron really wanted this win back, he really wanted this fight and it was a serious thing.

“Now, if it was a dive, I wish they had told me about it because I wouldn’t have shown up and took the night off.

“I would love to party but it wasn’t. I mean it was a real, legal battle.”

Former Disney star Paul, 24, locked horns with Tommy Fury this month, before the Love Islander withdrew from his grudge match due to illness and injury.

But the problem kid is not interested in facing the youngest fury brother any time soon.

Jake Paul celebrates his brutal KO from Tyron Woodley

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Jake Paul celebrates his brutal KO from Tyron Woodleycredit: Reuters

He added: “I really don’t know what’s next on the roadmap. I’ve done it all, I’ve accomplished what I’ve achieved.

“I need to take a break, I’ve been going on this non-stop for a year and a half and that’s a lot.

“I’m tired, I need to spend time with my family on Christmas and go on vacation, I haven’t been on vacation since I was 18.”

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