JAKE PAUL and Tyron Woodley may be engaged in a bitter war of words – but that hasn’t stopped their mums from striking up a friendship.
YouTube superstar Paul will lock horns with the former UFC welterweight champion in a boxing match on August 28.
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The pair, 24 and 39 respectively, took part in a heated face-off at the famous 5th Street Gym in Miami on Thursday.
But the meeting of the duo’s mothers couldn’t have been any more different to their fiery clash.
Amid the rising tensions between their sons, Pamela Ann Stepnick and Deborah Woodley enjoyed a warm embrace outside of the gym.
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And the pair even shared a nice hug.
Woodley’s mum is no stranger to embracing her son’s opponents or members of their team.
After The Chosen One submitted Darren Till at UFC 218, she had a long embrace with the Brit backstage.
And she had an emotional moment with Kamaru Usman after The Nigerian Nightmare dethroned her son as welterweight king in March 2019.
Paul is confident he’ll stretch his undefeated record to 4-0 with victory over Woodley, who has never boxed professionally.
But his mum reckons the former UFC star will provide a much tougher test than the opposition he’s faced so far.
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She told Fight Hype: “It probably is going to be his toughest fight.”
Stepnick doesn’t want her son to stop boxing after his clash with Woodley and plans to support him whatever he decides to do next.
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She said: “Whatever he wants, I’ll support it.”
Despite being out of the win column for close to three years, the hard-hitting Woodley insists he’ll run right through The Problem Child.
He told ESPN: “Easiest fight of my career & biggest purse of my career all in one night.
“Basically, they brought me in to take out the trash.
“Can’t wait to shut this b***h up.
“This is getting done for the culture, the whole MMA/boxing community, to rid this guy of combat sports.”