Although not officially announced, details surrounding the Jake Paul and Tommy Fury grudge match are starting to appear.
Combat sports reporter, Ariel Helwani, recently broke the news that the fight was to be signed for a third time following two failed attempts in the past. With a date of February 25 in Saudi Arabia, the intriguing bout seems to be locked in.
It’s long been considered a good step for Paul’s budding boxing career, as Fury has not only the profile, but the boxing experience that fans believe the American should be up against to determine his true level. So far in his 6 fight career, he has fought a basketball player, a YouTuber and three MMA fighters – one twice.
Fury is 8-0 with four knockouts, with just two of those opponents entering the ring with a winning record. The half-brother of world heavyweight champion, Tyson, the former Love Island UK contestant has long believed that Paul will be an easy night’s work.
As fans wait on official announcement, information on the bout has started to appear online. ESPN‘s upcoming boxing schedule lists the fight for Feb 25 as expected, and places it in the cruiserweight ranks set for 10 rounds.
Fury is listed as a light-heavyweight, although he rarely makes the 175lb limit for his contests, almost always coming in closer to 180lb. His last fight was infamously called off due to a weight discrepancy.
The 200lb cruiserweight limit will still represent a jump up to meet Paul, who hovers around 190lb but fought Anderson Silva in his latest fight at 186lb.
Boxing Scene reported eight rounds rather than ten, but either way, it will be the longest potential fight of Fury’s short career, having only been involved in six-rounders so far. Paul has fought the eight round distance on two occasions – Tyron Woodley 1 and Anderson Silva.
Speculation must be put on hold, though, until an official announcement is made.