Taking place in Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury was an action packed match. Fury, the younger brother of current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, was the first “Boxer” on Paul’s resume.
Paul and Fury were supposed to fight in Dec. 21, but Fury couldn’t fight due to a rib injury. Then in Aug. 22, Fury couldn’t fight because he couldn’t enter the country. So the fight was postponed again.
Paul had been heavily criticized for fighting older, MMA -trained opponents, and many people were anxious to see how he would fare against a boxer. Fury proved many of Paul’s doubters correct as he was able to beat the YouTube sensation in a fight that was close throughout. With final scores of (74-75, 76-73, 76-73 ) in favour of Fury, it was clear that the British fighter had won despite suffering a knockdown in the last round. This win over Paul, known for his extreme pranks and stunts on social media, will undoubtedly give Fury a lot of exposure.
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury Recap
Paul started the match aggressively, but quickly realized that he would have to be more careful. Fury was able to land some good shots early on, but Paul was quickly back in the fight.
In the second round, Paul was able to land some solid overhand rights that made Fury reevaluate his strategy. Fury then started to box more, and the crowd began to get behind him.
In the fourth round, Fury connected with a powerful right hand that staggered Paul, who refused to give up. Round 5 and 6 saw both men get deducted points for their aggressive behavior, casting doubt over the scorecards.
The seventh round was a close battle, with both fighters landing punches at will. Fury seemed to take the punches better and dish out more punishment while Paul was getting tired. However, in the final round, Paul scored a knockdown with a jab. Fury actually slipped and fell, but because it was preceeded by a punch, the knockdown counted against him.
This knockdown, combined with the earlier points deduction, made the final score (74-75, 76-73, 76-73) in favour of Fury. Without the knockdown, the score would have been wider for Fury.
What’s Next For Jake Paul
The younger Paul brother has a rematch clause in his contract, so it is likely we’ll see this fight again soon. Paul also signed a contract with the PFL, so he is scheduled to make his MMA debut in the near future. He is rumored to be targeting former UFC great Nate Diaz. It is unknown if the loss to Fury will deter those plans.
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