Jake Paul To Finally Face Tommy Fury This Weekend

By Ian John
February 24, 2023

Many months after their initial date to face each other was postponed, this weekend Jake Paul will finally face off against Tommy Fury in what should be an interesting end to their seemingly everlasting feud.

The Youtube star, now turned professional boxer, has had six professional fights, winning them all, although the quality of his opponents has been criticised by many as he has not yet fought a recognised professional boxer as yet fighting a mix of YouTube Stars, basketball players and retired MMA stars.

This weekend’s fight against Tommy Fury will be the first where Jake Paul confronts an opponent who is a specialist boxer and it also pits two fighters with unbeaten records against each other, with Tommy Fury having an 8-fight winning record in his professional career.

Bet365 Sport is taking bets on this clash which is set to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at Cruiserweight.

Also on the card that night is Ilunga Makabu taking on Badou Jack in another Cruiserweight bout, while Ziyad Almaayouf will face off against Ronald Martinez at welterweight in another big bout on the night.

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Who Is Jake Paul?

Jake Paul Erik Drost Wikipedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:CC-BY-2.0
  • Nickname – The Problem Child
  • Born – January 17th 1997 in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Height – 6ft 1 in
  • Reach – 76 in
  • Stance – Orthodox
  • Weight – Cruiserweight

Jake Paul first sprang into the collective conscience when he became known for posting his videos on Vine and when Vine was discontinued, he moved onto the YouTube platform with his millions of followers.

He also worked for the Disney Channel before leaving the company in 2017 and setting up his own company Team 10. He has been part of several music releases and has also started the Boxing Bullies organisation to help children that are a victim of bullying.

In January this year, Paul also signed a contract to cofound and compete in a new pay-per-view Professional Fighters League.

Jake’s boxing career began in 2018 when he and his brother Logan took on two other YouTube brothers, KSI and Deji Olatunji. While Logan lost his fight with KSI, Jake Paul defeated Olatunji in the fifth round via TKO.

Barely a year later, Jake Paul announced that he was going professional and his first fight would be in December 2019 against another YouTuber, AnEsonGib in Miami.

Since then he has also beaten Basketball professional Nate Robinson, as well as three MMA stars, Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (twice) and Anderson Silva in his most recent fight.

However, there are strong suspicions that a number of Paul’s matches have been rigged beforehand, with many boxing experts, fans and boxers claiming that Paul has paid his opponents to lose the fight.

There are also a number of people who claim that Jake Paul has won his fights fair and square.

The long-delayed fight with Tommy Fury has already been postponed twice before and it is the first time that Paul will take on a natural boxing professional and specialist.

Jake Paul’s Boxing Record (6-0)

  • V AnEsonGib – W – TKO 1st Round
  • V Nate Robinson – W – KO 1st Round
  • V Ben Askren – W – KO 1st Round
  • V Tyron Woodley – W – Split Decision
  • V Tyron Woodley – W – KO 6th Round
  • V Anderson Silva – W – Unanimous Decision

Currently, bet365 Sport has Jake Paul as the 4/5 favourite to win the bout.

But what do we know about his opponent?

Who is Tommy Fury?

Tommy Fury UKGossip TV, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Nickname – TNT
  • Born – May 7th 1999 in Manchester, England
  • Height – 6ft 0 in
  • Reach – 80 in
  • Stance – Orthodox
  • Weight – Light Heavyweight/Cruiserweight

Tommy Fury is the half-brother of the current WBC World Champion Tyson Fury, who both share the same father but unlike Tyson, Tommy has fought at Light Heavy and Cruiser weights in his professional boxing career.

After making a solid, if unspectacular start to his career with victories over journeyman fighters in his first two contests, Tommy then decided to participate in the TV series Love Island where he met his current partner Molly Mae Hague.

The couple finished as runners up on the TV show before Tommy resumed his boxing career and he has continued to win his bouts up until this point.

He was first touted to take place on the 18th December 2021, but Fury suffered an injury in the run up to the fight and was forced to pull out.

The rematch was scheduled for 6th August 2022, however due to the fact that Fury could not get a travel visa to the United States, this bout was also cancelled.

The rivalry between the pair though continued to grow and a new date for the 26th February 2023 was agreed, this time in Saudi Arabia, which brings us neatly up to this weekend’s contest.  

Tommy Fury’s Boxing Record

  • V Jevgenijs Andrejevs – W – On Points
  • V Callum Ide – W – KO 1st Round
  • V Przemyslaw Binienda – W – TKO 1st Round
  • V Genadij Krajevski – W – KO 2nd Round
  • V Scott Williams – W – TKO 2nd Round
  • V Jordan Grant – W – On Points
  • V Anthony Taylor – W – Unanimous Decision
  • V Daniel Bocianski – W – On Points

Bet365 Sport have Tommy Fury the 11/10 outsider to win the bout.

Who Will Win Sunday’s Fight?

Bookmakers seem to favour Jake Paul, although the odds are not convincing on the American. That would suggest to me that there are either a lot of Jake Paul fans putting money on the Cleveland-born fighter, or that the bookies feel Jake Paul’s victories were all more impressive than Tommy Fury’s eight wins.

The other thing to consider here is whether the opposite is true and that Jake Paul has once again ‘guaranteed’ himself a win by offering Fury a big payday to lose the bout. While that is not legal in a professional bout, there are enough question marks over some of Paul’s earlier wins to make that a consideration.

I’d like to think we will get a genuine fight this time and despite the fact he is the underdog in this bout, I think Tommy Fury should land the win here.

One thing is for sure, with millions set to tune in via pay-per-view, Paul and Fury should get a decent payday for the fight, no matter which fighter has their hand raised by the referee at the end of the contest.

*All odds shown in this article were correct at the time of writing but may change in the run up to the start of the bout on Sunday evening, UK Time.

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