Update 12:02 am: We are here in Section 108 at Amalie Arena, and Jake Paul just came to the ring to YMCA by the Village People. And the crowd is on board!
The 2021 boxing calendar has been a busy one and while there are a couple weeks left, the final major card is tonight, December 18th in Tampa, Florida. Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley top a Showtime PPV card that features a mix of serious boxing and celebrity curiosity factor.
Paul and Woodley are fighting a catchweight bout maxed at 192 pounds in a rematch of their August bout. Paul won that won via split decision and was scheduled to face Tommy Fury this time. Fury backed out due to medical issues and Woodley stepped in for the rematch.
The card includes a significant women’s lightweight bout between Amanda Serrano and Miriam Gutiérrez. If Serrano handles her business as the heavy favorite, she will likely face pound-for-pound queen Katie Taylor in 2022. If Gutiérrez springs the upset, it creates chaos.
The other notable fight brings the curiosity factor. Former NFL star Frank Gore faces former NBA star Deron Williams in the first fight for both athletes. The four-round bout was originally sanctioned as an official pro fight, but it has been downgraded to an exhibition.
We’ll be providing live updates of the results all evening. Favored odds below come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Paul vs. Woodley 2 main card
Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley, Cruiserweight (8 rounds)
Results: Jake Paul wins by knockout in the 2:12 in the sixth round. Wow.
Paul odds to win: -250
Total rounds: Over 6.5 -160
Paul by decision: +120
Amanda Serrano (c) vs. Miriam Gutiérrez, lightweights (10 rounds)
Results: Amanda Serrano wins by unanimous decision (99-90, 99-91, 100-90)
Serrano odds to win: -2500
Total rounds: Over 4.5 -115
Serrano by KO, TKO or DQ: -450
Deron Williams vs. Frank Gore, heavyweights (4 rounds, exhibition)
Round 1: Williams 10-9 — Gore landed a couple solid jabs early, but Williams used his reach advantage to keep Gore mostly at bay. In the final minute, Williams landed a couple solid shots to shake Gore. In the closing seconds, Williams landed a couple more blows. It was more pushing than anything, with sloppiness to be expected in a debut.
Round 2: Gore 10-9 — Things got really ugly really quickly. Williams shoved Gore to the mat and the former NFL star appeared to injure his ribs. Gore continued and then shoved Williams down himself. Gore landed a big shot in the final minute that likely scored him the round. This is more pushing and shoving than anything else.
Round 3: Williams 10-9 — This is just a disaster of a fight. The pushing and shoving is continuing. When they clinch they never really separate when told to. Both fighters are mostly just throwing haymakers and occasionally landing. Williams gets the slight edge in the third round.
Round 4: Gore 10-9 — Hell if I know how this round should have been scored. Gore landed some shots, Williams landed some shots, but they did more pushing again. I’ll go Gore in this round to give us a 38-38 draw.
My final scorecard: 38-38 Draw
Official scorecard: Williams wins split decision. Williams got scores of 38-37 and 40-35 while Gore got a score of 38-37.
Exhibition so no odds available
Liam Paro vs. Yomar Alamo, junior welterweights (10 rounds)
Winner: Paro won a split decision over Alamo. He won by scores of 95-94 and 96-93 while Alamo had one scorecard at 95-94.
Paro odds to win: -150
Total rounds: Over 8.5 -215
Paro by decision: +165
Update 9:25 p.m. We are live here at Amalie Arena, and the first round of Liam Paro vs. Yomar Alamo just wrapped up. It’s scheduled for 10, and the crowd is a bit antsy.
And part of Creed 3 is also being filmed here tonight. There are cameras and Michael B Jordan. We’ve got a knockdown for Alamo in the first round, but Paro looks unhurt as he heads to his corner.
Paul vs. Woodley 2 main card preliminary card (non-televised)
Anthony Taylor vs. Chris Avila, super middleweights, (8 rounds)
Chris Avila wins by majority decision (78-74, 77-75, 76-76)
J’Leon Love vs. Marcus Oliveira, cruiserweights, (8 rounds)
Love won a unanimous decision over Oliveira.
Love odds to win: -1200
Total rounds: Over 6.5 -115
Love by stoppage: -125
Jeovanny Estela vs. Chris Rollins, super welterweights, (4 rounds)
Estela won via unanimous decision.
Settled in for the night. Orlando native Jeovanny Estela opened show with four-round UD over Chris Rollins. Up now, J’Leon Love back for first time since March 2019 KO loss to David Benavidez. Love - a Jake Paul stablemate - faces Marcus Oliveira. #PaulWoodley2— Jake Donovan (@JakeNDaBox) December 19, 2021
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