Jake Paul's cryptic retirement message after boxing 'farce'

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Jake Paul (pictured) leaning against the ropes after his fight against former UFC star Tyrone Woodley.
Jake Paul (pictured) has confused fans after appearing to announce his retirement from boxing only 24 hours after fighting former UFC star Tyrone Woodley. (Getty Images)

YouTuber Jake Paul has stunned his fans with a bizarre social media post claiming to have 'retired' from boxing only 24 hours after defeating former UFC star Tyron Woodley.

Paul defeated the deflated Woodley in a controversial split decision - hardly as convincing as he had predicted - leaving the YouTuber undefeated in his boxing career.

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While many fans were left disappointed with the bout, which was labelled a 'farce' by some, Paul appeared ready to look at his next challengers not long after the fight.

However, in a sudden twist, Paul took to social media to update his account as a 'retired boxer'.

"Updated status: Retired boxer," he wrote on Twitter, to his four million followers.

The post sparked debate.

Many questioned whether the move was just a ploy to keep people talking after his bout.

After all, UFC superstar Conor McGregor has announced his retirement on numerous occasions on Twitter before coming back.

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Paul later took to Twitter to double down.

"When I put that s**t in my bio I’m not just saying it to say it, do the math - do the debating and when it all comes back you will agree," he wrote.

However, only hours after the fight it was clear Paul was already searching for his next opponent.

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It remains to be seen whether Paul has retired from his fleeting boxing career, or it is just a publicity stunt to garner more attention.

Jake Paul's savage bet with Tyrone Woodley

The fight was uneventful over the first three rounds, with Woodley passive and seemingly uncomfortable in his foray into a different sport. 

Paul clearly won those rounds, but Woodley appeared to wake up in the fourth and landed a big shot to Paul's face.

Things could have easily tipped in Woodley's favour from there, as Paul appeared exhausted. The fight had already gone longer than Paul's other three bouts combined by the fifth round, Woodley just didn't do enough to make up for Paul's early lead in points.

But Woodley, known for his wrestling in the UFC, took the centre of the ring as Paul started to tire and landed a huge right hand that nearly sent the YouTuber through the ropes.

Woodley then chased Paul around for two rounds as the YouTuber attempted to regain his footing.

Jake Paul (pictured right) holds onto the ropes after being punched by Tyron Woodley (pictured left) in their cruiserweight bout.
Jake Paul (pictured right) fights Tyron Woodley (pictured left) in their cruiserweight bout during a Showtime pay-per-view event at Rocket Morgage Fieldhouse on August 29, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Woodley wasn't convinced by his defeat after the fight, however, and demanded a rematch with Paul after insisting that he landed the more significant punches.

When Paul and his older brother Logan - who was standing next to him in the ring after the fight - suggested they weren't interested in a rematch, the UFC veteran fired up.

Paul said he would fight Woodley again if his vanquished opponent got an "I love Jake Paul" tattoo on his leg, with both fighters appearing to sign off on the deal by shaking hands in the ring.

The pair agreed to the tattoo bet during a pre-fight press conference, with Paul even pointing out that world famous tattoo artist Tatu Baby was among the crowd members and ready to make it happen there and then.

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