Third Time’s A Charm?: Jake Paul Pens Third Attempt At Fighting Tommy Fury
It’s been announced, Jake Paul will be fighting Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia.
After years of trying to make the fight happen, it’s finally been announced that Jake Paul will be taking on long-term rival, Tommy Fury, in a big-money fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Paul has tried to make this fight happen twice before now, with both deals falling through. In October 2021, it was announced the pair would face off in Florida in December, but Fury had pulled out two weeks before fight day due to a rib injury.
A second deal was announced in June 2022, for the two to headline Madison Square Garden, New York, for August, but that fight again fell through just days after being announced, as Fury experienced travel issues to the US.
Now it’s been announced that the pair will face off in Saudi Arabia. Paul announced on social media “After multiple failed attempts to get Tommy Fury in the ring, the moment of truth has finally arrived.”
“Fumbles (Paul’s nickname for Fury after the previous failed fights) has no excuses now. Baby is born. Immigration is not an issue. Sunday, February 26, Paul vs Fury is live on ESPN+ PPV in the US and BT Sport Box Office in the UK.”
Paul teased in his fight announcement that “Tyson Fury has promised he and Papa John will make Tommy retire from boxing and change his last name forever if he can’t beat the YouTuber. Saturday (tomorrow) I’m coming to London to look at all three Furys in the eyes and shake on that promise.”
The pair have both had fights since their failed negotiations set for their August bout last year. After failing to agree weight conditions with Tommy’s then-backup fighter, Hasim Rahman Jr, Paul ended up fighting MMA legend Anderson Silva in Texas, Arizona in October.
Fury has also fought since then. After weight issues for his fight against Paul Bamba on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs Deji, also in the Middle East, he ended up having an exhibition bout against Roland Lambert, which was deemed as ‘boring’ by the public. Paul himself was ringside commentating on the fight, and caused drama in the immediate aftermath of the bout.
It’s hard for fans to believe that this fight will end up happening either. With the two previous failed attempts, expectations are similar things will happen for this one.
Paul vs Fury will be available to watch on BT Sport Box Office in the UK and on ESPN+ PPV in the USA.
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