Tommy Fury warned ‘boxing career will be over’ if he loses to Jake Paul
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Tommy Fury has been warned his professional boxing career will essentially be over if he loses to Jake Paul in their highly anticipated bout.
Frank Warren, who promotes the fights of older brother and world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, told talkSPORT earlier this week that an agreement has almost been reached with the Paul camp to set up a fight with the YouTuber-turned-boxer.
Fury fought on the undercard of Paul’s win over Tyron Woodley in August, with the 22-year-old Brit defeating the American’s sparring partner Anthony Taylor.
The two have squared up face-to-face on a number of occasions and have been embroiled in a war of words on social media, and their differences could finally be settled in the ring soon.
Fury has fought seven times in his career and is undefeated, but that is largely because he has beaten journeymen in an attempt to boost his record.
While a prospective fight with Paul is a fine opportunity for Fury to further establish himself in both sporting and pop culture spheres, Tommy's uncle Peter Fury warned the former Love Island star might have to retire if he loses.
“To be honest, he is a young kid himself and he is learning, so him and Jake Paul is a good fight," Fury told talkSPORT.
“Although Tommy is a professional boxer, he is still a baby in the sport, so he has a long way to go.
“I’m not really into YouTube boxing to be fair, but people want to see it, both lads will get paid well and good luck to them.
He added: “If he can’t beat Jake Paul, he needs to go and do something else. Practice dancing or something.”
Chris Eubank Jr, who is preparing to clash with Wanik Awdijan as part of a BOXXER show in Newcastle on October 16, had a similar view regarding what a loss to Paul would mean for Tommy's career.
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“If he loses that then he’s done. You might as well stop before he’s even really got started," Eubank Jnr told talkSPORT. “You can’t start your career off losing to a YouTuber. It will be interesting to see.”
Eubank Jnr also praised Paul for bringing a new audience to the sport: “He’s ruffling feathers again. The kid is not a fighter, he’s not going to become a world champion, but he’s found a niche in the market.
“To his credit, the real fighters who are fighting on his shows are making good money. Some of them more than they made with other promoters.
“When you look at it from that perspective, I have nothing bad to say about the guy or what he is doing.
“He’s bringing light, energy, new faces and new audiences to the game. That transfers over to the legitimate fighters of today. Good luck to him.”
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Paul last fought against Woodley in Cleveland back in August, and the former UFC champion landed the biggest hit of the night to wobble the American. However, the YouTuber-turned-professional boxer won their clash via split decision and Woodley immediately demanded a rematch.
In the aftermath of that fight, Woodley agreed to get a tattoo – saying ‘I love Jake Paul’ – if Paul promised to give him a rematch after the UFC star thought the judge’s scorecards were wrong. He insisted Paul would have fallen through the ropes if they weren’t so tall as he landed ‘the power punches’.
Paul agreed to the conditions in the ring – but the 24-year-old later fired shots at Woodley for adding the beneficial rematch condition to the pre-fight bet. The original bet agreed upon by both fighters was that the loser would get the winner’s name tattooed on them.
The win over Woodley followed victories against online content creator AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren in his other professional boxing bouts.
- Tommy Fury
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