After years of beef, Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will finally settle their differences, and we have all the details, including the UK start time.
Over the course of the last two years, the pair have exchanged verbals and pushed each other to borderline insanity in one of the most hotly contested rivalries in recent memory. In one corner, you have a YouTube star, who’s risen to fame through his controversial online antics and in the other stands a man coming from one of the most ferocious family lineages in combat sports history. And while on paper, this fight should be simple for the Brit, over the course of their careers, the pendulum has slowly swung in his nemesis’ favour.
Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury: Breakdown
While Fury has boxed his entire life, his level of experience isn’t as vast as some might think. His amateur career only spanned ten fights, and as a professional, he’s fought very little in terms of quality.
His first five opponents had a combined record of 12-174. Thus rendering the quality of his learning fights borderline useless. And while Jordan Grant and Anthony Taylor tried their best, the Love Island runner-up hasn’t been in the fire like Paul has.
He may never shake the ‘YouTube’ persona, but his performances in the ring, have earned the respect of even the harshest of critics. His knockout over Tyron Woodley sent shockwaves through the combat sports community, and his win against Anderson Silva proved his worth as a legitimate boxer.
However, Fury presents a completely different puzzle. In the prime of his life, the reality TV star is a picture of physical fitness with tremendous fundamental skills. Fury has sublime footwork, tremendous head movement and a piston-like jab, all of which could leave the American chasing shadows.
But throughout his previous eight outings, he’s shown a vulnerability to right hands. And like him or not, Paul has the punching power to knock out a small horse. Therefore, Fury will have to be on the ball, because if he’s not, his family will leave him stranded in the Middle East.
Therefore, this is a collision that fans can’t afford to miss.
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Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury: UK start time
On Sunday, February 26, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the two contrasting personalities will trade shots with far more at stake than just bragging rights. While Paul looks to prove he can beat a real boxer, Fury’s entire legacy is on the line. While in reality, these two prospects are at a similar stage in their careers, he’d find it difficult to recover from the stigma of a loss to ‘The Problem Child’.
And with anticipation at an all-time high, fans can tune into the show, which starts at 6PM with the two headline fighters making their ring walks at 9:30 PM.
How to watch Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury
The fight will broadcast live on BT Sport Box Office. Fans can purchase the card for £19.99.
Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury: Full card
While most are tuning in for the main event, for the purists, there’s a cracking co-main attraction. Since his loss to Tony Bellew, Illunga Makabu has gone on an amazing run, beating the likes of Dmitry Kudryashov and winning the WBC Cruiserweight Title. But on Sunday, he has a tough test in the form of Badou Jack.
The Swede has won world championships in two weight divisions, with his eyes set firmly on a third. And with Paul set to receive a ranking should he beat Fury, who knows what the future holds?
The full card is as follows:
Main Event: Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury
Ilunga Makabu vs Badou Jack – for WBC World Cruiserweight Title
Bader Samreen vs Viorel Simion
Muhsin Cason vs Taryel Jafarov
Ziyad Almaayouf vs Janos Penzes
Adam Saleh vs Stuart Kellogg
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