On Sunday, Tommy Fury and Jake Paul will step into the squared circle for their long-awaited clash.
With a potential WBC ranking on the line, Fury, the younger brother of heavyweight icon Tyson Fury, will finally meet longtime rival and social media sensation Jake Paul in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital on Sunday. It is the third time the two fighters have been scheduled to square off, but with the fight just days away, it truly appears that the third time was the charm for the two combat sports sensations.
Ahead of their highly anticipated clash in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fury spoke with JOE on YouTube to break down his impending battle with ‘The Problem Child’ this Sunday.
“I’m not just talking the average boxer talking saying, ‘Oh, he’s no good. He can’t hit me with anything.’ I’m genuinely saying this, Jake Paul hasn’t got anything to worry me,” said Fury. “I’ve got aspirations of winning a world title and if that is the case, this is fight number nine for me. I can’t be worrying or getting buzzed by the likes of Jake Paul. It doesn’t phase me. Jake Paul is nothing more than a journeyman to me. He’s never fought a boxer before. He’s about to find out why there’s MMA and why there’s boxing and why MMA fighters can’t box.”
Much has been said about Jake Paul’s lack of competition against true professional boxers. Paul has become known for squaring off with other social media stars and past-their-prime MMA athletes such as Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva. However, there is much to be said about Tommy Fury’s record as a professional boxer. Yes, he is 8-0 in his career which looks great on paper, but when you dig a little deeper, you find that his strength of schedule is no better than Paul’s. It might even be worse.
In eight career wins, Fury has fought opponents with a combined win-loss record of 24-176-5. Four of those fighters walked into their bout with ‘TNT’ having zero wins on their record and only two of his opponents carried winning records into their contests. Jake Paul’s record may be filled with non-boxers, but at least three of those individuals hold the distinction of being world champions in the world of MMA, making a far more impressive hit list than that of Tommy Fury.
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Tommy Fury Has No Concerns Over Jake Paul’s Potential Knockout Power
Even though Jake Paul has proven to pack a punch, delivering a highlight-reel knockout against Tyron Woodley in their December 2021 rematch, Fury does not believe ‘The Problem Child’ will pose any real threat when matched up against a true professional boxer.
“No, not at all. Not at all. At the end of the day, he’s knocked out MMA guys and he’s knocked out old MMA guys. Guys with a 10-15 plus career in MMA and at the end of the day, Anderson (Silva) was 40 or 50, whatever you want to call him. I’m a fresh 23-year-old guy. Tyron Woodley would fight at 10 stone, 11 stone, whatever he used to fight at. To knock out these guys, especially in a boxing ring where they’re not even comfortable, you know, it’s those guys’ first boxing fights.
“I can’t look into that. I just can’t, you know. It means absolutely nothing whereas if he had fought six juniors, he’d been in there with real skilled boxers and was actually boxing and survived, I’d say, ‘Okay, no worries’ But knocking 40 and 50-year-old guys out, it does nothing for me.”