Frank Warren has had his say on the ringside altercation that made more headlines than Tommy’s Fury’s actual boxing match.
Jake Paul being invited to commentate on rival Fury’s last-minute (and lacklustre) exhibition in Dubai was never going to end in a handshake and a goodbye.
Instead, both Fury and his father, John, got increasingly angry and called on Paul to fight them. For his part, Paul called it ’embarrassing’ and didn’t enter the ring.
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Now, the promoter who is attempting to handle a third round of negotiations for a bout between the two young fighters has had his say. Warren told TalkSPORT he didn’t understand the circus element.
“I’m glad I wasn’t there… It’s all a bit silly and gets a bit ridiculous, but I don’t know, but for some reason it is what it is. This sort of YouTube type of thing, remember I come from the purest boxing background, and I look at it sometimes and I just scratch my head, but maybe I’m just getting older and I’m missing the point.”
Warren is indeed a veteran, but if age is an excuse, what was 58-year-old John Fury doing disrobing and shouting at Jake Paul for a fight? The promoter doesn’t know.
“For me there’s no need for all that nonsense, it wouldn’t have happened in a ring over here, that’s for sure. It gets a little bit out of hand and some of the things that are being said are quite personal and there’s nothing constructive about it.
“If you both want to earn a few quid, you’re going to earn huge money for it, just get the fight on and do it in the ring, that’s where you’ve got to make it happen, all the rest of the nonsense doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, as far as John’s concerned, once that bell goes, he’s got to get down from the steps and it’s all up to Tommy.”
It’s now getting close to deadline day for Jake Paul and Tommy Fury to finalise contracts to step in the ring, and Warren believes it will happen in early 2023 in either Manchester or London. With both of the previous scheduled bouts falling through, though, fans likely won’t believe it until the ring walk music kicks in.