There’s no love lost between Jake Paul and John Fury as the American heads into a fight with the Brit’s son.
After war of words via the media, Paul and the elder Fury really kicked off in Dubai. John took his top off in the ring and threatened to fight Paul bareknuckle after he commentated on – and slated – Tommy’s exhibition bout.
They’ve now both touched down in Saudi Arabia ahead of the February 26 bout that will see Tommy Fury headline a pay-per-view event for the first time as well as fight his first contest scheduled for eight rounds.
Paul, who has built up a record of 6-0 against mostly retired MMA fighters, told Sportsmail that he was improving faster than his opponent due to John’s influence – or lack thereof.
“I’m getting 33 per cent better each year, because I’ve only been boxing three years. I am increasing exponentially, whereas Tommy’s done it for 12 years, so how much can his skill level really improve?”
“He’s really stuck in his ways of how he is as a boxer, especially with his dad training him. He’s worked with other trainers who are way better, but his dad is actually hindering him and making him a worse fighter.”
Paul will enter the fight a bookies favourite, but that has done nothing to knock the confidence of the Fury clan.
They believe the fight ends in a knockout that comes with ease, and Tommy Fury will then go on to resume his goal of taking the traditional boxing route to rankings and titles.
The action goes down on Sunday February 26 in Diriyah, with both UK and US fans facing a pay-per-view premium for the viewing pleasure.