Tommy Fury put an end to Jake Paul’s unbeaten start as a professional boxer, claiming the win by split decision. After the bout, the loser claimed that he was sick in camp and that he had injured his arm.
The 23-year-old Brit won the fight on two of the three scorecards, with many viewers claiming he deserved it by a wider margin even after being knocked down in the final round. Paul was humble in defeat briefly, but did provide some possible reasons for a ‘flat’ performance.
In an interview with iFL TV, Fury was quick to dismiss any suggestions that Paul had been ill or injured during training camp and stated that his approach to losing the fight would have been different.
“It is what it is. It wouldn’t be my approach if I had lost the fight, I’d say ‘fair and square, the better man won’, even if I had been ill.
I don’t believe that he has been ill, because he wasn’t ill when he was posting on social media about how great his camp has been.”
“So, I wouldn’t buy into that, he got beat fair and square last night and that is it. If he wants to make excuses, he can do, but it is what it is, he got beat.”
Following his underwhelming performance and first defeat of his career, Paul has reassured fans that his time in the sport is not over by announcing that he will activate his rematch clause with Fury.
However, another defeat could spell the end of ‘The Problem Child’ in the pro ranks, and the world title fight that he has been claiming will happen looks to to be what most had already branded it – a pipe dream.