Jake Paul says he’d be in jail if illegal clause claim was true ahead of Tommy Fury fight

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YouTube star and budding boxer Jake Paul has insisted he would be in jail if he had included an ‘illegal’ clause banning knockouts in his previous fight with Tyron Woodley ahead of his clash with Tommy Fury. Fury, who has won each of his seven professional fights to date, is set to fight Paul on December 18 in Tampa Bay, Florida. 

The controversial content creator will clash with Fury over eight rounds at a 192lb catchweight.

Paul has been accused by MMA fighter Dillon Danis and Claressa Shields – who was embroiled in a spat with Paul online before her recent MMA clash – of inserting a ‘no knockout’ clause into his fight contract against Woodley.

The 24-year-old refuted the suggestion and insisted he ‘would be in jail’ if he tried to implement that stipulation into his contracts, as it would break a number of fixing laws.

Paul and former UFC champion Tyron Woodley fought in a fully-sanctioned professional boxing match when they met in August, with the YouTuber star earning a split-decision victory.

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However, he was rocked and almost fell to the canvas in the fourth round, with Woodley appearing to allow Paul to recover rather than finishing the job.

“It’s a bunch of losers trying to make s*** up,” Paul said when asked about the accusations.

“They want to get into headlines and get reporters to ask them about that exact question and put their name into the mix so that they can get a little bit of clout.

“Having a no knockout clause in a contract, I’ve never heard of that, and first of all that’s highly illegal.

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“I’d be in jail! That’s rigging a fight, I would literally be in prison if that were actually a real thing.

“It’s all nonsense, bulls*** and they got exactly what they wanted out of it which is to have people mention their name.”

Danis suggested the clause was used by Paul last month when the YouTuber was battling with Shields on social media.

“Tyron Woodley, from what I heard, had it in the contract that he was not allowed to knock out Jake Paul,” Danis told The MMA Hour. “I swear on anything, when he was against the ropes, I swear, that’s why when Jake Paul was against the ropes, Tyron Woodley didn’t hit him.

“I’m telling you right now. It was in his contract where it said you’re not allowed to knock him out.”

Shields called Paul a ‘con artist’ for the alleged rule and tweeted: “Jake Paul, answer the one question. Do you or do you not have a ‘no knockout clause’ in your boxing contracts? You are the biggest con artist boxing has ever had.

“Exposed, you are a con artist!”

Woodley’s manager Malki Kawa also denied the claim and pointed to the fact that Danis is not considered a reliable source within the MMA community.

“I’m not sure why Claressa Shields would even mention some stupidity that Dillon Danis would say,” Kawa tweeted last week.

“I represent Tyron Woodley and personally negotiated that deal to fight Jake Paul and there is absolutely no clause that would prohibit knockouts.”

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