Jake Paul praised for accepting Tyron Woodley fight after Tommy Fury’s pull-out

Jake Paul has been praised by Matchroom Boxing supremo Eddie Hearn for accepting a rematch against Tyron Woodley on two weeks notice.

YouTube star Paul was scheduled to fellow celebrity Tommy Fury on December 18, but the Brit withdrew from the fight on Monday due to a bacterial infection and broken rib.

Ex-UFC champion Woodley – who Paul defeated in August – got the call-up to replace Fury and said he accepted the fight in just "20 seconds".

The 39-year-old was filming on a movie set when he caught news of Fury's withdrawal, but has been training since October after predicting the fight would fall through.

And Hearn is impressed by Paul's willingness to take a second fight with Woodley on short notice.

"I think he's fighting Tyron Woodley now isn't he? One thing I'll say about that is, well done for moving at pace. That's a guy who thinks on his feet," he told Boxing Social.

"I got asked a question what do I think of Jake Paul and I said 'sometimes annoying, often amusing, but smart'.

"There they've obviously got the news about Tommy Fury and in that kind of situation they would always hear a day or two before we hear.

"So he's thought on his feet, he's adapted, he's come out with a good opponent. It's not as big a fight obviously, but I think he'll probably just block out Tommy Fury now."

Woodley has the chance to earn an additional $500,000 in his rematch if he wins by knockout, with Paul being the one to put the clause in Woodley's contract.

'The Chosen One' is predicting a knockout win against Paul next weekend to set up a potential trilogy fight next year.

Will it be repeat or revenge in the rematch between Paul and Woodley? Let us know your prediction in the comments section below

Hearn has also sung his praise for Paul as a boxing promoter, with talks a fight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano currently in the works.

Serrano signed to Paul's Most Valuable Promotions after appearing on the undercard of his first fight with Woodley.

"He's got an ego, so have a lot of people. Me included. His one's a little bit wilder but he's very smart. He has a huge profile and brings a lot to the table," Hearn said of Paul.

"I think he gets it. When we talk about the Taylor [vs] Serrano fight, that is for him a chance to say I'm making moves in boxing. 'Look at what I've done, I've made the biggest fight in female boxing'.

"So I like what he's doing and I don't see a downside to Jake Paul in the boxing game."

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