Tony Bellew has broken down the Jake Paul versus Tommy Fury fight, the motivation for each man and the implications of defeat.
Paul – a content creator turned fighter – faces Fury – a reality TV star and boxer related to the world heavyweight champion – finally put their rivalry to bed in an eight-round contest set at a 185lb weight limit.
And the former cruiserweight world champion, writing for DAZN, is under no illusions about the skill level on display – but believes that, in this case, it doesn’t really matter.
“The brief footage I’ve seen from both men doesn’t fill me with enough confidence that I’m looking at guys who can operate at a good level moving forward.
I don’t think that matters to either man because they have each other and as long as that remains, these two can generate huge interest and make themselves a few quid along the way.
I had to wait until the end of my career to find the perfect dance partner in David Haye. These two lads have found each other early on.”
Bellew went on to say that he honestly can’t confidently predict how the action unfolds, but it convinced there’s a rematch already written in the rivalry’s story.
“As for the fight, I’ll be honest, I’ve got absolutely no idea what happens. How can you honestly make a confident prediction on this fight following what we’ve seen from both men so far.
What I will say is that I do expect fireworks. Both men have built this fight into an event where losing will be such a bitter pill to swallow and I think that will almost guarantee us a great night.
Whatever happens in the fight, I don’t think it’s the last time we’ll see these two in the ring with each other.”
He then summed up the event well – it’s far from a world title fight, but the consequences of winning and losing are on that level for both men.
“I’d be very surprised if we see either man at the sport’s most prestigious level but for whoever wins on Sunday, they’ll probably feel like they’ve reached that point.”
Paul and Fury lace up and face off on Sunday February 26 in Saudi Arabia.