As Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) prepares for a third main event against heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) this Saturday, questions over his little brother Tommy Fury’s potential bout against celebrity boxer Jake Paul incited a strong reaction from the Gypsy King.
Delivering a firm rebuttal to the prospects of the younger Fury losing to Paul, Tyson gave his brother no room for error in carrying out a swift punishment against the faux fighter.
“If Tommy can’t splatter Jake Paul, I’ll retire him from boxing myself,” claimed Tyson, then warning his brother to defend the family title or risk losing it. “He’s got ambitions of being a world champion, never mind beating some YouTube guy … His name’s Fury. If he can’t beat Jake Paul, I’ll have to change his name.”
Despite no current contract in place for the bout, both Paul and Tommy Fury are currently working on a deal as the two sides grow increasingly adversarial in the fight’s early marketing campaign. Tommy commented on the prospects of a match against Paul, telling MMA Hour that he’ll be fighting by year’s end regardless of a deal, but hoping that it’ll be Jake he gets to pummel.
“I’m ready, like I’ve said all along,” commented Tommy. “This fight, anybody who knows me and has seen me train in the gym and has seen my performances in other fights knows that I’m way too much for Jake Paul and knows this is a mismatch. So whether he really wants that fight, I don’t know. I know he’s offered some money about it. I know he’s done this and done that, but the offers that he was putting in were terrible.
“I know I can squash a Jake Paul all over that ring, because what is he? He’s a YouTuber and he’s gotten into boxing, he’s a man with a pair of boxing gloves. He ain’t got no talent. What has he got? We saw that in the Tyron Woodley fight. He was doing eight rounds, Woodley never threw a punch and [Paul] got gassed out and he was looking at the clock every round, so what’s he going to do with me who’s going to be pressing him every second of every single minute in that fight? He’s going to crumble and that’ll be the end of him.”
The first fight between Deontay Wilder and the elder Fury ended in a split draw: officially scored 115–111 for Wilder, 114–112 for Fury. Wilder lost to Fury in the rematch — a dominating performance by a slimmed down Tyson, which ended in Wilder’s corner calling for stoppage in the seventh round.
Wilder vs. Fury III will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8 — streamed live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 5 p.m. (PDT).
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