Matchroom promoter, Eddie Hearn, has changed his mind regarding the outcome of the highly-anticipated fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury.
This is the third time the fight has been scheduled to take place, having been cancelled twice before with Fury having to pull out on both occasions. Fans were worried this week when the Brit failed to show up for the press conference, but he has since confirmed that he will be there come fight night.
This will likely be the biggest challenge in both fighters’ careers thus far, with Fury having only faced journeymen and Paul receiving criticism for never having faced a real boxer.
Though Hearn is not directly involved in the event, he has expressed his excitement for the fight. In an earlier interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, he had stated that he believed Paul would win by knockout due to his ability to mentally defeat Fury.
“Mentally, he’ll break Tommy Fury … I think he’ll mess with Tommy mentally, and I just think by the time they get in the ring, if they do get in the ring, I think Tommy will be defeated before the fight’s even taken place. And I think will win by knockout.”
However, in a recent interview with Boxing UK, Hearn revealed that he has changed his mind but does think it’s a close fight.
“I’m quite looking forward to it.
I did think that Jake Paul would win the fight, but I think I’ve changed my mind. It’s a 50/50 though which is a little bit worrying in itself.”
Paul vs Fury will take place on February 26 in Saudi Arabia, at a catchweight of 185lbs, and is scheduled for eight rounds.
UK fans can catch the action on BT Sport PPV, while US fans can watch it live on ESPN+ PPV.