Tommy Fury, affectionately known as ‘Timmy Fumbles’ to his arch nemesis Jake Paul, finally looks set to be climbing into a boxing ring with the famous YouTuber, despite pulling out of the fight twice in the past.
The fight is set to take place on the 26th of February in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, yet I wouldn’t be too certain about it happening. Tommy has already pulled out twice due to illness/injury, as well as the US refusing his entry into the country.
Jake Paul goes into the fight as an odds-on favourite which is surprising. On paper, you’ve got a professional boxer from a travelling and fighting family, taking on a YouTuber who only took up the sport in recent years.
With those factors said, Tommy Fury has only fought journeymen with losing records, whereas Jake Paul has fought and beaten world class combat athletes in Tyron Woodley and Anderson Silva. They come from the MMA world admittedly, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
It’s an interesting fight, there’s no doubting that. Tommy Fury will have the weight of the world on his shoulders going into it, whereas Jake Paul will be able to fight with freedom.
If Jake Paul loses, it’s “Fair play, at least he fought an actual boxer and never pulled out.”. If Tommy Fury was to lose, his credibility as a professional boxer would be in tatters and the Fury name would be tarnished.
Tyson Fury, the world’s best active heavyweight and older half-brother to Tommy, has come out and said that he’ll leave Tommy in Saudi Arabia if he loses to Jake Paul. He also said that he’d have to retire from professional boxing and change his name. No pressure.
As much as it’d be hilarious to see a former Disney star and YouTuber stop Tommy Fury in his tracks, it seems unlikely and the bookies’ pricing is questionable.
Jake Paul’s best and most impressive wins came against Ben Askeren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva who are currently aged 38, 40, and 47 respectively. To add to that, Askeren doesn’t have a huge amount of skill when it comes to striking, and he fought straight after hip surgery.
There’s two standout bets for the fight which you can see below, and if they’re wrong, well Jake Paul may just be the real deal.
Tommy Fury to win – 7/5
Let’s remember who the professional boxer is here, who’s actually been doing it as a profession. Granted, he’s not fought anyone of note, and he hasn’t quite set the world alight with his performances.
But if he can’t beat Jake Paul, he may as well hang up the gloves – I’m with Tyson.
Tommy is the son of John Fury and the brother of Tyson, the fight game is in his blood. He’s been boxing for half of his life and has been honing his skills for over a decade.
Jake Paul has shown promise, but this is the fight where we’ll learn about his true potential. I think there’s a good chance he could be overwhelmed by a young professional fighter who’ll constantly be coming forward.
Tommy Fury to win by KO/TKO – 4/1
On the topic of coming forward, Jake Paul almost got overwhelmed by Tyron Woodley during their first fight. Woodley unleashed a right hand which sent Paul flying into the ropes and almost hitting the deck.
A younger and fresher fighter could’ve put an end to him right there and then. So it’ll be interesting to see how Tommy Fury does on the front foot.
Fury is a physical specimen. 4/1 for him to put the pressure on and stop a man who’s never shared a ring with a professional boxer before seems far too big for me.
If Jake Paul proves the predictions wrong, fair play. It’ll then be a case of grabbing some popcorn to watch the rest of his fascinating endeavours and waiting for the Fury clan reaction if Tommy does indeed lose to a YouTuber.