Jake Paul has insisted that Tommy Fury will ‘hate boxing’ after their long-awaited combat on 26 February, if the bout goes forward after two previous cancellations.
Fury, half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson, was attributable to field YouTuber Paul in December 2021 however withdrew whereas citing damage and sickness. The contest was rescheduled for August 2022 however fell by way of once more as Fury struggled with journey points, which prevented him from reaching the US, the place the combat was set to happen.
However, the match-up has now been introduced for a 3rd time, with Briton Fury and American Paul set to conflict in Saudi Arabia on 26 February.
“I don’t hate the kid, I don’t think he’s a bad person,” Paul instructed the Daily Mail of Fury. “I think he’s just caught up in the wrong lifestyle and doesn’t really know who he is. He’s like a lost puppy trying to figure his life out.
“That’s what I think is happening. I think he thinks he loves this sport and all the glory. It’s been fun [for him], beating these taxi drivers, but he’s going to hate this sport after 26 February.”
Paul, 26, is 6-0 as knowledgeable boxer with 4 knockout wins. The American has overwhelmed former UFC champions Anderson Silva and Tyron Woodley – defeating the latter twice – however his assembly with Fury, 23, marks Paul’s first combat in opposition to a professional boxer.
Fury is 8-0 (4 KOs) and final competed in April, outpointing Daniel Bocianski. Meanwhile, Paul’s final win – his victory over 47-year-old Silva – got here in October.
Fury’s brother Tyson and father John have made clear their expectations that the previous Love Island contestant will beat Paul, suggesting that the 23-year-old should retire from boxing or change his identify if he loses.
“He has a lot of weight riding on his shoulders,” Paul mentioned. “I can’t even imagine if my dad or brother said some s*** like that, but I guess he’s always kind of been the runt.
“It doesn’t surprise me [that some people see Fury as the underdog], because I think the real people in the sport, who see through all the fluff, understand what’s going to happen. But it is funny, because he’s been boxing since he was 12 and I’ve been a pro for two years and 364 days.”
Paul additionally commented on the being pregnant of Fury’s companion Molly-Mae Hague, saying: “It’s a bit bizarre. Two of [Fury’s] biggest life moments in a very short time-period here… I was telling my friends: I don’t know how he’s mentally going to be able to deal with that.
“If I had a kid, I wouldn’t want to be showing up at the gym, so I think it’s going to be a distraction for him.”