YouTube star Jake Paul will put his unbeaten record on the line when he takes on British boxer Tommy Fury in Tampa Bay on December 18.
Paul has won all four fights since turning pro in 2020, but this could prove to be his sternest challenge yet. Fury is the younger brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. He is also unbeaten in his fledgling career, and he has a lot more experience than Paul, so the sportsbooks have named him the early favorite to win this fight.
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury
Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 10:05 PM EST at Amalie Arena
Jake Paul Background
Paul’s boxing career began with a fifth-round knockout victory over British YouTuber Deji Olatunji in an amateur contest held in August 2018. His older brother, Logan Paul, fought Olatunji’s brother, KSI, in the main event.
His first professional fight took place in January 2020, when he beat fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in a first-round knockout. In November that year, he knocked out former basketball player Nate Robinson.
After much verbal sparring on social media, it was announced that Paul’s next fight would see him take on former Bellator MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren. Once again, Paul secured an early TKO victory.
Most recently, he went eight rounds with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. He won via split decision. One judge scored the fight 77–75 for Woodley, while the other two judges scored it 77–75 and 78–74 in favor of Paul.
He has never fought a professional boxer before, but that will all change on December 18.
Tommy Fury Background
Fury’s first professional fight took place in Manchester back in December 2018, when he beat Jevgenjis Andrejevs. He went on to beat Callum Ide, Przemyslaw Binienda. Genadij Krajevskij, Scott Williams and Jordan Grant to take his record to 6-0,
Fury’s first fight in the United States to place in Cleveland in August 2021, when he took on Anthony Taylor on the undercard of Paul’s bout with Woodley. He won via a unanimous decision.
Fury is a professional boxer, but he is no stranger to the celebrity lifestyle, as he made an appearance on the reality show Love Island in June 2019. He has never had an eight-round fight before.
A War of Words
A social media feud between Paul and Fury began after they fought on the same card in August. They agreed to get in the ring with one another on December 18 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
It will take place at a 192 lbs catchweight. Paul has fought all of his previous bouts at a similar weight, but the heaviest Fury ever fought at was 189 lbs. He may have to pack on an extra couple of pounds, but the two men are of a similar size. Paul is slightly taller, but Fury has a slightly longer reach.
Paul has promised to deliver “a complete embarrassment of the Fury family”. Fury vowed to “splatter” the YouTuber.
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury pulled no punches when outlining what his brother must do. “If Tommy can’t splatter Jake Paul, I’ll retire him from boxing myself,” he said. “If he can’t beat Jake Paul, forget about boxing. Because he’s got ambitions of being a world champion, never mind beating some YouTube guy…“Tommy – his name’s Fury. If he can’t beat Jake Paul, I’ll have to change his name.”
BetMGM makes Fury the -150 favorite to win this fight. Paul is a +150 underdog. Paul has proved that he is not a novelty act, as he has trained hard, displayed impressive technique and used his ferocious power to knock out three opponents.
Yet Fury has been boxing his whole life. As his brother says, if he can’t beat “some YouTube guy”, he really has no business talking about challenging for world titles. The -150 on Fury to win this fight looks appealing.
Boxing Pick: Tommy Fury to Win (-150) at BetMGM