With news that Jake Paul and Tommy Fury are gearing up for the third time to face each other, the man who first promoted Paul has had his say on the scrap.
Paul and Fury’s collision course has been a long and frustrating one. Their two previous contest have fallen through due to illness and travel restrictions on the Brit’s part, and it appeared for a while that it would never happen.
That all changed recently when it was reported that the two young, undefeated boxers have now agreed terms for a fight in Saudi Arabia that’s pencilled in for February 25.
Boxing Social asked Eddie Hearn – who played a big part in the early stages of Jake Paul’s fighting career – his thoughts on the fight.
“I make Jake Paul a big favourite in the fight with Tommy Fury.”
“Being around boxing for 35 years, once thing I’ve noticed is [your mentality] is so important. And it is in life. You can have the greatest camp, you can hit your greatest PBs. If you’re not ready to go to war, then everything can change.
I honestly believe – call it delusion, call it whatever – that Jake Paul thinks he’s the best fighter in the world.”
Despite leaning towards Paul for the victory, Hearn said he would advise him to take an easier fight for better financial gain if he was in his corner. The promoter said that, whilst Fury isn’t the best domestic talent, he still poses a threat.
“If I was advising Jake Paul, I probably would swerve the Tommy Fury fight because he can make much more money for bigger fights. The KSI-Jake Paul fight is a massive fight. It’s gonna make a lot of money. But he can lose to Tommy Fury.”
“So I think it’s a dangerous fight for Jake Paul, and I respect him for taking the fight. I don’t know enough about Tommy Fury. I’ve watched him. You know, he couldn’t win a British title. He couldn’t do a lot of things. But he can fight. He’s an undefeated fighter. So I like it. I think it’s a good fight. I’m quite fascinated.”
Whilst the Fury-Paul bout seems to be perfect matchmaking for where both men are in their careers, fans know all too well not to believe the hype until the ring walks start. Should the rumours of February be true, an official announcement will be imminent.