Jake Paul and Tommy Fury is now a ‘done deal’ after agreeing to fight for a third time, with fans hoping that on this occasion they’ll actually make it to the ring without postponement or cancellation.
Given their respective levels of fame outside of the ring – Fury for his family name and Love Island stint, Paul for his incredible YouTube success – a bout between the two seems to make the most sense for where they are in their careers.
This has long been known by both parties, with constant public back and forth hyping up an event that has, so far, failed to materialise. The pair were due to to fight in December 2021, but a broken rib and chest infection rendered the Brit unable to follow through.
Rescheduled to August of last year, their second arrangement did come closer to happening, but it was an issue on Fury’s side once more that halted things. The young fighter from the UK was denied entry into America.
At the time, Paul announced that he was done with the Fury’s and wouldn’t be attempting negotiations for a third time, claiming lost earnings and wasted time.
That all seems to have changed, though, and the collision course finally looks set to end.
Combat sports journalist, Ariel Helwani, has reported that the fight is sealed and scheduled for Feb 25th.
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury is a done deal for Feb. 25, per sources.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 17, 2023
Although no location has been confirmed, reports circulated earlier today that Saudi Arabia will be the likely host after initial speculation the fight would take place in the UK.
Both undefeated, the fighters almost have more to lose than gain here. For Paul, he’s finally answering the calls to face someone of a similar age and weight who has exclusively been trained in boxing rather than another sport. A loss may allow an already cynical group of fans to claim that his professional stint is over.
Fury, on the other hand, has family pressures. His father, John, and brother, Tyson, have repeatedly said that the 23-year-old ‘cannot lose’ to Jake Paul, and will be forced to reconsider his career if he does.