Ok so we called this six months ago but to be fair it wasn’t that difficult – Jake Paul will face Tommy Fury in his next fight – IT’S ON!!!
What do you give ‘The Problem Child’ who is smashing pay-per-view records every time he gets into a prizefighting ring? How about a Transatlantic matchup with a UK reality TV star who just happens to be the brother of world heavyweight king Tyson Fury.
Tommy Fury starred in hit reality show “Love Island” in 2019 and built a massive social media following. He is now trying to emulate brother Tyson by becoming a pro boxer. He’s currently 7-0 and fighting at light-heavyweight (175lbs).
Jake and Tommy had already had some back and forth on social media, with Paul saying Tyson could fight American heavyweight Michael Hunter on their undercard. Some online bookmakers are even offering odds on who Jake fights next.
And now Fury’s promoter Frank Warren says he would make the fight in a heartbeat. Clearly the Fury camp don’t pay much attention to Jake’s resume so far (4-0). Warren is historically no fan of YouTubers and celebrities mixing it in the ring. But the numbers Jake is racking up on PPV (1.5million and counting vs Ben Askren and well into seven figures for Tyron Woodley) have changed all that.
Now the talk is over and the fight is officially made.
When is Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury
The big fight is set for Saturday December 18 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Watch on TV & live stream
As for recent Paul fights, Jake vs Tommy Fury will be a Showtime pay-per-view. Pricing to be announced but it will not be cheap…
The pay-per-view will start at 9pm ET, 6pm Pacific.
What are the odds?
For the first time you could argue Jake is in with a real threat to his boxing ‘resume’. Askren and Woodley were MMA fighters who had pretty much finished their fighting careers. Askren had a dadbod and was coming off major hip surgery.
This is different – Tommy is a lifelong boxer and at the age of 22 has a ton of potential, raw though he may be. As a result the sportsbooks favor him to dish out Jake’s first loss.
Tommy is -185 (you’d need to bet $185 to win $100) with FanDuel while you can bet Jake at +165 (a $100 bet would win you $165). The draw is a +1400 shot – pretty skinny.
What weight limit is Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury?
The contracted weight limit is 192lbs – well above the light-heavy limit Tommy normally fights at. But that works for Jake – he’s the ‘A’ side and he calls the shots. The bout will last for eight x three-minute rounds.
What are they fighting for?
Well of course somebodys’ 0 has to go, and they’re fighting with a ton of money up for grabs if the PPV is successful. Actually when it’s successful, this is gonna be huge.
There is also one other thing on the line. Jake Paul offered Fury a couple of options for a nice side bet. And he told ESPN Fury has now made his decision:
“I offered Fury to change his name to Tommy Fumbles or put up $500,000 of his purse if he loses. He chose to agree to change his name. Guess he puts more value on money then he does his own family name.”
So come December 19 will be Tommy Fumbles? Or still Tommy Fury? We’ll find out in around seven weeks.
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