A rumoured fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury has been made official.
After two fallen-through bouts, the two young fighters will give it a go for a third time in Saudi Arabia on Sunday February 26 – one day later than was initially reported.
The event will be broadcast via BT Sport Box Office for fans in the UK and ESPN+ PPV in the States. It’s a joint promotion between Paul’s MVP, Top Rank and Queensberry.
Jake Paul highlighted the announcement by reminding the Fury’s of the promise that Tommy would retire from the sport should he lose. The American also confirmed he would be travelling to London, presumably making an appearance at the Artur Beterbiev versus Anthony Yarde show.
“Tommy has no excuses now… Baby’s born. Money’s massive. Immigration no issue.
Tyson promises he and Papa will make Tommy retire from boxing and change his last name if he can’t beat the YouTuber. Tomorrow I’m coming to London to look at all 3 Fury’s in the eye and shake on that promise.”
Tommy has no excuses now…Baby’s born. Money’s massive. Immigration no issue.
Tyson promises he & Papa will make Tommy retire from boxing & change his last name if he can’t beat the YouTuber.
Tmw I’m coming to London to look at all 3 Fury’s in the eye & shake on that promise. pic.twitter.com/hMBFCabMoS
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 27, 2023
It will be Paul’s first fight in which the man across from him in the ring won’t have previously specialised in another sport, having made a name for himself fighting retired MMA stars. His last outing was a points victory over Anderson Silva – a sixth win in as many fights.
As for Fury, it will be his ninth fight in a so-far undefeated campaign. It’s the Brit’s first shot at headlining a show, and will bring with it much more hype and pressure than he’s used to. He was last seen in the ring in a lacklustre exhibition on a Floyd Mayweather undercard.
Although the weight and number of rounds aren’t specified with the announcement, it’s thought that it will be fought at the cruiserweight limit of 200lb and be scheduled for ten rounds.
The card will also showcase Ashton “H2O” Sylve, an MVP undefeated fighter, as he is set to face former WBC world title challenger Maxwell Awuku 48-5-1 (33 KO’s) from Accra, Ghana. The fight will be an 8 round Super Featherweight bout.