Jake Paul labels Tommy Fury fight ‘biggest risk of career’ in odd change of tune

Jake Paul has been bad-mouthing arch rival Tommy Fury for months now, but with a date finally set, the American has now claimed the upcoming grudge match is the 'biggest risk of his career' to date.

Former Love Island star Fury has signed a deal to finally face the YouTuber-turned-prizefighter Paul, with both men staking their unblemished professional record on the line. The duo will face off in the anticipated bout on August 6 at the iconic Madison Square Garden venue in New York.

Paul, who has won each of his five professional fights to date, was originally set to fight Fury on December 18 in Tampa Bay, Florida. However, Fury – younger brother of WBC champion Tyson – pulled out due to a severe chest infection and a broken rib, announcing the news by commenting that he was ‘heartbroken’.

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Paul has received criticism for people claiming he has avoided a ‘real boxer’ in his professional appearances so far, defeating the likes of gamer 'AnEsonGib', ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren. The 25-year-old’s biggest scalp to date is ex UFC champion Tyron Woodley, who he has defeated on points and via brutal knockout.

Paul admitted he has become frustrated at the notion that he has not been facing the right calibre of boxer, and he has now booked a clash against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s younger brother. The YouTuber released a mock promo video for the bout titled ‘The Biggest Risk Of My Career’, which showed him dress up as Tommy while his partner Julia Rose pretended to be Molly-Mae Hague.

However, Paul was serious in the video and praised his upcoming opponent, which is a surprising change of tact considering the months of slander and ridicule he has fired at Fury in the buildup. The American said: “All jokes aside, this is my toughest test yet.

“You guys wanted me to fight a real boxer. You guys have been tormenting me day after day out, 'fight a real boxer, fight a real boxer'.

“The answer is 'no f***ing problem’. This is as real as it gets. Tommy Fury comes from a bloodline of legendary fighters, the Gypsies.

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“His brother is the heavyweight champion of the world, has never lost a fight. Tommy Fury has been boxing since he was 12, come through the amateurs, mauled a 10-1 boxer.

“The Fury name is just as infamous as the Mayweathers. The whole entire family know how to box.

“To put this into perspective, it would be like Tommy Fury starting a vlog channel to out-vlog me and [brother] Logan – it's not f***ing possible.”

Fury is 8-0 after he defeated Daniel Bocianski on the undercard of his older brother’s heavyweight clash against Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium in April. He made his US debut on Paul’s undercard as the American defeated Tyron Woodley in August 2021, and the Brit will look to claim another win on international soil later this summer.

Paul admitted he was ‘going into their territory’ as boxing is in Fury’s blood while conceding Fury is taller, has longer arms and ‘way more ring experience’. The YouTuber revealed he was putting his £244,000 ‘Most Valuable Boxer’ belt on the line against the Brit.

However, light-heavyweight Tommy will have to get it done without the help of his brother as his father and trainer John – who is banned from entering the United States due to a 2011 violent crime conviction – has claimed brother Tyson is also not allowed to travel across the Atlantic. John has not been allowed to attend any of the WBC champion’s bouts in America after allegedly gouging a man’s eye out in a fight at a car auction.

Fury is confident he can come out on top in the celebrity showdown in New York this summer. After the fight was announced, Fury warned Paul by saying: “Just to let you all know, the fight on August 6 is going ahead, the contract has been signed.

“After weeks and weeks of waiting for Jake Paul to sign up to the drugs testing – and potentially putting the fight at risk – he's finally signed up to the drug testing. We've agreed a contract that we're happy with, so the fight is going ahead and I'll see you August 6.”

Paul will fight for the sixth time in his professional career on August 6 when he headlines the iconic Madison Square Garden. The controversial content creator’s clash with Fury will be supported on the card by Amanda Serrano, who is set to defend her WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight world titles.

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