Jake Paul will face Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia on Sunday February 26 in a pay-per-view event – and fans have had their say on the pricing.
The rivalry has been hyped for years, with two previously scheduled scraps falling through due to issues on Fury’s side. Now, finally set to face off, the contest is intriguing not for world-level talent, but for the split opinion on who will win and the embarrassment for who doesn’t.
Both fighters are supremely confident that they end the fight in the distance. Paul has said that Fury can’t fight and will knock him out with his left hand, whilst Fury claims Paul is no more than a white collar fighter.
There’s added pressure for Fury given that it’s his first main event fight, his first eight-rounder, and the first time he’ll be on pay-per-view as the headliner.
BT Sport Box Office have recently confirmed the price point of £19.95 for the event – which features cruiserweight world title action between Ilunga Makabu and Badou Jack on the undercard.
Fans commented on Boxing Social’s news of the price to brand the price as ‘too much’ with all things considered. ‘They should pay me to watch it’ said one, and ‘only fights that should even be considered for PPV is if a belt is on the line’ another.
The old adage of ‘if it was in my garden I’d close to curtains’ was mentioned a few times, and one pointed out that the fight clashes with Love Island UK – the show that made Tommy Fury famous – as it’s on a Sunday.
ESPN+ will handle broadcast duties in the US at the price of $49.99 – something fans across the pond were shocked by.
Of course, there’s rarely a time when fans celebrate a pay-per-view price announcement, but the UK punters seem to have expected less for this one.