Tommy Fury skipped an official press conference for his fight with Jake Paul recently, and the American wasn’t best pleased.
Paul used it as an opportunity to throw into doubt Fury’s commitment to the contest, drawing on the past experiences of the their first two failed fights – both of which Fury pulled out of for health and travel reasons.
The fight is scheduled for Sunday February 26 in Saudi Arabia, and neither man is relenting in their belief that they win without incident or struggle. Despite the promotion in full swing, some fans are dubious that it goes ahead – and the recent press conference only furthered that speculation.
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Fury spoke to FightHype to clear up any rumours of personal matters or injury, claiming that he was simply training for the fight.
“Jake Paul signed up to professional boxing, and in the sport of professional boxing we don’t break camp mid-to-end. So why would I break my training camp to fly all the way to Saudi Arabia for a ten minute press conference, fly all the way back to Manchester, finish my camp, and then the following fly back out to Saudi Arabia.”
“I don’t know what games he’s trying to play, but he’s fighting a professional here. I’m interested in caving his face in and knocking him cold out. He’s interested in flying here there and everywhere for a silly press conference. At the end of the day, I think we can all see who’s professional, who’s about the business, and who’s not.”
Fury said he’s been ‘locked in’ for 15 weeks preparing for the fight and is in the best shape possible ahead of it. He will fly to Saudi as planned to take part in the fight week media obligations.
The fight – in which Paul is a slight betting favourite – will be broadcast on BT Sports Box Office in the UK and ESPN+ in the US.