Tyron Woodley spoke about training as a professional boxer. Woodley claimed that one of the hardest things about training is that it has been hard on his calves.
Tyron Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion and MMA veteran, is set to make his professional boxing debut against YouTube megastar Jake Paul in August.
Woodley recently split from the UFC and has indicated he’s ready to try his hand at a wide variety of combat sports rather than just participating in MMA.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Tyron Woodley opened up on several topics. When asked if he feels a physical difference in terms of the pressure on his body after going through a boxing-specific training camp rather than an MMA training camp, Tyron Woodley said:
“Yeah, it’s hard. It’s hard on my calves because I work with two different boxing styles – the Floyd Mayweather style, working with a guy named Gerald, we call him GT. There are a lot of angles and a lot of positioning, a lot of sliding, and it’s still punchy but always ready to counter and retaliate with power. And that position and that foot are very meticulous. They are very strict and so perfectionists when it comes to this.
“The Cuban style of boxing is a lot about making people pay and hurting them, but it’s also very fluid. It’s almost like dancing. There is a lot of movement. So my calves are burning a lot from that, a lot from the running, a lot from the skipping rope and hitting the bag. You are on your guard all the time. In mixed martial arts, we have the option of being static against an octagon or a cage, no matter where you are fighting. Or you can have a part where you actually let your legs come off the ground and kick or knee.
“In boxing, your feet are on the ground all the time. And then for me, I mean, I’m built like a running back. So this explosive move I’m really trying to focus on. So that was the most taxing thing on my body the first couple of weeks, but now I’m getting used to it.
Tyron Woodley is considered the biggest test of Jake Paul’s boxing career to date
While he was one of the best welterweights in the UFC, Tyron Woodley was widely recognized for his skills inside the Octagon, including his knockout power.
Woodley is currently on a four-game losing streak, although his four losses came against top UFC welterweights.
The consensus in the combat sports community is that Tyron Woodley is indeed the biggest test of Jake Paul’s boxing career to date.
The eight-round professional boxing match between Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul will take place at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio on August 29.