Are cracks once again beginning to show in the fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury? Fans are being reminded of the two previous failed bouts as the press conference is pushed back.
The fight, set for Sunday February 26 in Saudi Arabia, seems a match made in heaven for two green fighters with huge followings outside the ring. Despite the clear collision course, it shows signs of being doomed at every turn.
Following an animated face off in London, the pair were apparently due to travel out to the host nation early to continue the promotion, starting with an official press conference.
Paul said that his opponent was ‘scared’ and that his team had been told the Brit needed more time to train, delaying his travel to Saudi. He finished off the tweet with tagging the name Mike Perry – the MMA fighter who has been confirmed as back up opponent should Fury pull out.
Tommy Fury is scared. Told my team he can’t make the kick-off press conference next week in Saudi Arabia because he needs more time to train. Thought you said you wouldn’t even have to train to fight me? You and your papa scared. #MikePerry
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) February 3, 2023
Fury didn’t comment on the accusation of more gym-time, instead calling Paul a ‘sweaty goth’ and saying that the press conference could wait.
The press conference can wait until I get to Saudi Arabia you fool. I’ll be there on the 16th. 3 weeks and it’s over you big stiff sweaty goth🤣 https://t.co/yeiOXI8zIR
— Tommy Fury (@tommytntfury) February 3, 2023
It’s reminiscent of the events leading up to their two previously scheduled bouts. A December 2021 scrap was postponed due to a chest infection and broken rib on Fury’s side, and the pair failed to meet in the ring again in August 2022 when Fury was denied entry to the US.
Fury’s response does a little to quell any suspicions that this may be the start of things falling apart, but fans can’t be blamed for doubting. If it does go ahead, the event will be available on BT Sport Box Office in the UK and ESPN+ in the States.