Paul attempted to snatch Woodley’s cap after their final face-off – but the former UFC champion avoided the same humiliation as Floyd Mayweather suffered
Jake Paul attempted a repeat of his Floyd Mayweather ‘cap grab’ when he faced off with Tyron Woodley – but failed.
Paul brother grabbed Mayweather’s cap at a press conference for the ring legend’s exhibition bout with Paul’s older brother Logan earlier this year.
He sparked a melee on that occasion and almost executed the same move last night after weighing in for his fight with Woodley.
As Paul was eating fried chicken during an interview, Woodley walked across the stage towards his opponent. Paul flicked the chicken at his rival and then attempted to steal his hat.
But Woodley evaded his opponent’s grab before chaos ensued as both fighters’ teams waded in.
Paul will face Woodley in his fourth professional fight having knocked out a fellow YouTube star in AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former UFC star Ben Askren.
Woodley is making his professional boxing debut having been released from the UFC following four successive defeats.
The rivals weighed in earlier on Saturday morning with Paul scaling 190lb and Woodley coming in half a pound lighter.
And the YouTube star is confident he can extend his winning record.
“I couldn’t have thought about a moment like this. I couldn’t have dreamt it.” he said.
“That’s why I was just looking around. I was like, ‘how am I here?’ This is the city that made me and to bring this one home is the perfect crescendo to my boxing career that’s just starting out.
“Looking around and seeing friends and family, seeing this beautiful city, I’m just having fun. I’m trying to soak it all in because you don’t get moments like this twice in life.
“Tyron said he’s training like he’s fighting Mike Tyson. Floyd Mayweather is training him and you can tell he’s in shape. He’s got the six pack back, he’s looking good and he’s not messing around.
“This is his biggest fight ever and the whole MMA community is counting on him to represent them and to get the ‘W’.
“Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen and when I beat him, there will be no excuses because he was being trained by Floyd Mayweather; because Jorge Masvidal said he was going to knock me out; because he took this camp and had a 14-week camp. He has no excuses.
“I love boxing. I fell in love with it. There’s something about knocking someone out and cracking someone in the face. My whole life has been a fight.
“I never got anything handed to me so I feel like I’m at home. I feel like I was put on this earth to fight. And I like challenges. I’m driven by challenges.”