Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney has weighed in with a prediction for this weekend’s clash between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury.
Many observers this side of the pond are backing Fury to dismantle Paul and believe he will prove to be levels above the brash YouTuber.
Haney, however, told iFL TV he is backing his countryman to get the job done on Sunday night.
“Jake’s fought some former MMA champions, but Fury comes from a fighting family and has experience behind him, with it being in his bloodline.”
“I think it’s going to be a good fight! I think Jake will win, but it will be a tougher fight than people think.”
In a separate interview with Seconds Out, Haney said he was leaning towards a points victory for Paul.
The grudge match is now just hours away and the time for talking is done, with Paul and Fury exchanging some final verbals to each other at the weigh in this morning.
Despite Paul being the bigger name, many believe that the pressure going into the fight lays firmly on the shoulders of Fury, with even his father John and brother Tyson publicly imploring him to “stay in Saudi Arabia” should he fail to dispatch of ‘The Problem Child.’
This weekend is widely regarded as the toughest test of each man’s career thus far, with Fury having fought mainly journeyman to this point, whilst Paul’s opponents have, for the most part, been mainly former MMA fighters.
The two had agreed an ‘all or nothing’ money bet at the fiery press conference, adding even more intrigue to the matchup, however Paul claimed at the weigh in that Fury backed out of this at the last hour
The fight has landed on pay per view on BT Sport Box Office in the UK, with the price set at £19.95. US fans can watch via ESPN+ for $49.99.