Shane McGuigan has branded Tommy Fury the rightful winner and believes Jake Paul was served a reality check in their eight-round catchweight clash.
Fury beat the cocky American via split-decision, using his jab and movement to outclass Paul despite a final round knockdown.
McGuigan – who worked with Fury briefly in the past and trains the likes of Daniel Dubois, Caroline Dubois and Adam Azim – had previously predicted how it would play out. He spoke to Boxing King Media about the Saudi Arabia spectacle.
“Of course he was the rightful winner. I said it – fundamentals is what wins the fight and I think that’s what the outcome was. Whether it was me coaching him doing it or his dad or anyone. It’s just move your feet, offset him.
Jake Paul leaves his leg behind him, he throws big wide punches, he relies on his power and it was tactically a very easy fight to get right.
He got clipped once or twice and he held up well, and that was always gonna be the issue is how well does he take a shot. He seemed to take them quite well.”
Asked if Paul deserves credit for going the eight-round distance with a competitor like Tommy Fury, McGuigan held back the praise due to past comments.
“Yeah but it’s not what he’s about is it? He’s been calling out people like Canelo and stuff. He’s been disrespectful to the sport, so whatever credit you could give him it’s kiboshed with the way he goes about himself.”
The pair are expected to rematch later this year, and Paul can kiss any world title dreams – that already seemed farfetched – goodbye should he lose again.