Jake Paul next fight: Social media star to face Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia in February
Let’s try this again. After numerous attempts to set up a fight between social media star turned boxer Jake Paul and Tommy Fury, reality TV star, boxer and brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, the two are back on the boxing calendar. The couple is due to meet on February 26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The fight will be streamed live on ESPN+ PPV.
Talk of a fight dates back to 2021 when Fury defeated Anthony Taylor on the undercard of Paul’s first match with Tyron Woodley, a situation that was intended to pit Fury against Paul. This fight was scheduled for December 18 of that year, but Fury pulled out in early December, leading to a rematch between Paul and Woodley.
Another fight attempt was made with a target date of August 6, 2022. However, Fury’s visa was denied as he was about to travel to the US for a press conference in June to officially announce the fight. This situation turned out to be the result of the Fury family’s involvement with Daniel Kinahan, an alleged crime boss who is the target of a coordinated effort by Irish, British and American law enforcement. Paul was then set to fight new contender Hasim Rahman Jr. but saw that fight also fall apart when Rahman made it clear that he would not be able to make the contracted weight.
Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury is official. The truth will be revealed and the conversation will end on Sunday, February 26th.
From Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, live on ESPN+ PPV in the US and BT Sport Box Office in the UK.
Tomorrow they will meet for the first time.#Paul Fury pic.twitter.com/7ihueuspLp
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Paul continued the fight in October, taking on his most dangerous opponent to date, former UFC champion and semi-experienced professional boxer Anderson Silva. Paul won the fight by decision, knocking out Silva late in the fight, giving him the win. This victory took Paul to 6-0 in his boxing campaign with four knockout wins, although his level of competition was much criticized and only Silva had real professional boxing experience prior to meeting Paul.
Fury is 8-0 as a professional, although his level of competition is also questioned, albeit for different reasons. In his first seven fights, Fury’s opponents had an overall record of 14–175–5, with only three of those opponents having won a professional fight. In his last fight, Fury defeated Daniel Bozianski, who entered the fight 10-1.
A win for either of them would likely be the most impressive win on their resume and could set them up to further up the competition throughout the year, though Paul recently announced that he signed a multi-fight deal to compete in MMA. promoting the PFL, and will also need to devote time to training, which is expected to be the promotion’s debut in 2024.