Jake Paul and Tommy Fury went face-to-face within the ring Saturday evening, simply 4 weeks earlier than they’re but once more scheduled to combat in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fury talked trash as if he’s fully assured that he’ll beat Paul of their eight-round, 185-pound cruiserweight combat. Paul nonetheless isn’t fairly satisfied that he’ll lastly combat Fury on February 26.
Fury’s historical past has made the social media famous person skeptical that Fury will comply with by now that their grudge match has been scheduled for the third time. Paul even admitted that one other former UFC fighter, Mike Perry, is on standby, simply in case Fury doesn’t undergo with a principal occasion that’s purported to headline a BT Sport Field Workplace pay-per-view present in the UK and Eire, in addition to an ESPN+ pay-per-view occasion in the US.
“Yeah, look, part of me undoubtedly nonetheless doubts [Fury will fight],” Paul bluntly said throughout a press convention Saturday evening at OVO Enviornment Wembley in London. “And it’s scary and it’s annoying. And him not exhibiting as much as the face-to-face we have been simply purported to do proper now [at the press conference], it sucks. And the child’s not essentially dependable. However the cash’s good, man, for him. So, he would simply be so dumb [to not fight]. And I feel he’s in all probability uninterested in Molly making all the cash within the relationship. He’s obtained a child now, so he wants to assist pay for some diapers.”
Paul referred to influencer Molly-Mae Hague, the mom of Fury’s new child daughter, in citing the motivation Fury has to proceed with their combat this time. Neither Hague nor Fury has introduced the start of their daughter, however they beforehand revealed that she was due towards the tip of January.
If Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), the youthful half-brother of unbeaten WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, withdraws from their combat for a 3rd time, it appears unlikely that it will be scheduled once more.
Perry, in the meantime, is skilled in UFC and Naked Knuckle Preventing Championship, however not in boxing.
The 31-year-old Perry, of Orlando, Florida, is 0-1 in skilled boxing matches. Kenneth McNeil (then 6-1) knocked out Perry within the fourth spherical of Perry’s solely boxing match, which befell in March 2015 in Pensacola, Florida.
“Now we have Mike Perry on standby,” Paul mentioned. “Let’s go Mike Perry! Yeah, he’s prepared to leap in, in case Tommy pulls out.”
The 26-year-old Paul, of Westlake, Ohio, clearly has good cause to be cautious of Fury’s intentions.
Fury pulled out of their December 2021 bout on quick discover, reportedly resulting from a chest an infection and a rib harm. Paul brutally knocked out his late alternative, former UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, within the sixth spherical of their fast rematch at Amalie Enviornment in Tampa, Florida.
The Paul-Fury combat was rescheduled for August 6 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York. Fury pulled out of their bout once more, the second time resulting from a visa challenge that prohibited him from touring to the US.
Paul agreed to combat heavyweight Hasim Rahman Jr. as a substitute, however that Showtime Pay-Per-View card was canceled as a result of Rahman later mentioned he couldn’t get right down to the contracted most of 200 kilos to oppose Paul.
Keith Idec is a senior author/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He might be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.