John Fury and his son, Tommy, believe they’re owed double the money for beating Jake Paul in Saudi Arabia recently.
The wager was made at the pre-fight presser, with Paul and the younger Fury shaking hands on the terms that he would get double if he won, nothing if he lost.
Crucially, at least according to Paul’s team, the Fury family failed to sign a contract to confirm the above. One was presented to ‘TNT’ in a face-to-face interview, and his father stepped into the frame to take it and give it to his lawyers to check over.
The last heard of the sideshow before the fight was a video from Paul claiming his opponent had gone ‘silent’ on the matter and refused to sign.
Fury did win. He beat Paul over eight-rounds, winning a split decision after surviving a knockdown in the final round.
Everything was respectful in the aftermath, with both sides paying respect to the other as ‘better than they thought.’ Now back in Britain though, and things are threatening to turn sour again.
John Fury posted a video to social media requesting the handshake be honoured, saying that they shouldn’t respond about contracts as he couldn’t read them.
Tommy reiterated his father’s point on Good Morning Britain, claiming a handshake was as good as a contract, all but confirming that they didn’t sign in the end as well as reversing on his demand for a contract in the first place.
Jake Paul’s manager and business partner, Nakisa Bidarian, responded to John Fury, shocked at his request given the information he had. Bidarian claimed that they had footage of him refusing to agree to sign. That footage is now doing the rounds, and it’s hard to argue with.
Fury told the ‘video boy’ who asked about the contract to ‘shut up’ and said he was busy. Logan Paul, Jake’s brother, also tried to push for an answer to no avail.
John Fury being asked about the 'double or nothing' purse bet by Jake Paul's team while watching his hands getting wrapped before the Tommy Fury fight…
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It looks like a stalemate in the purse bet, with John Fury only demanding the terms be honoured once he knew his son was in the money.
Fury and Paul are expected to fight a second time, with the American already indicating that he intends to activate his rematch clause.