The realm of combat sports often has a busy and frantic pace. This weekend, there are a tonne of fights happening, including title fights and battles between top contenders, but the greatest fight may be the one with the least amount of credentials.
In a boxing bout that has been in the works for more than a year, Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will square off on Sunday. Paul is a former YouTube sensation who now fights. Fury is a reality television celebrity from the United Kingdom and, more significantly, is Tyson Fury’s younger half-brother.
Their eight-round fight at 185 pounds catchweight will air on pay-per-view on ESPN+ from Saudi Arabia.
So how did this match between two inexperienced boxers end up becoming the main event in the world of combat sports? Moreover, what does this conflict even mean?
Some people could see it as a planned progression of the Paul phenomenon, which is still upending the battle game. Others may see it as the Fury boxing lineage entering the picture to provide a reality check and seizing control of a hyped-up boxing career that has never before faced a true boxer as an opponent.
Neither is incorrect.
Kind of paying Jake Paul respect
During the pre-fight press conference on Thursday, Fury made fun of Paul’s opponent by saying, “He continues going on and on about Anderson Silva and Tyron Woodley.” “Tyron Woodley had reached his forties. Nearing 50 years old and not too much older than my father, Anderson Silva completed the race. In this building, everyone is aware that MMA fighters are not boxers. It is common knowledge. Every single MMA fighter I’ve ever sparred with in my life, I’ve dissected. This man couldn’t even handle them since they are not boxers. … A new, youthful, real boxer, 23 years old, will be present on Sunday night both inside and outside the ring. You will be able to tell that this is something that is very close to my heart. I’m not a guy in his fifties.
Paul deserves praise for persevering in entering the ring once again. It’s not a simple task. But, his opponents have been at best dubious.
The former Disney star defeated a boxing novice on YouTube named AnEsonGib to begin his fighting career. After that, he stopped Nate Robinson, a former NBA player. That resembled celebrity boxing quite a bit.
Soon after that, events changed, and an intriguing “boxing” profession grew into one of the most well-known of today. Paul chose venerable yet well-known UFC figures to oddly establish a claim in the boxing world.
He defeated Ben Askren, a former MMA fighter and talented wrestler, in 2020 when he was recuperating from hip surgery. Later, in a two-fight series, he defeated former UFC welterweight champion Woodley, a 40-year-old who had just been let go from the promotion after losing four straight contests, first by decision and then brutally. While he had impressive power, Woodley, who hasn’t won a bout since 2018, was never regarded to be a great striker in MMA.
And in his most recent performance this past October, Paul won a unanimous decision against legendary UFC icon Silva. With his career in a worrying downward spiral, Silva, probably the best middleweight champion in UFC history, has quit the Las Vegas-based organisation in late 2020.
The 47-year-old has had one victory in his previous nine appearances in the cage and had been submitted in both of his most recent battles. Before meeting Paul, cleaned up his act after leaving the UFC by defeating Tito Ortiz and Julio Cesar Chaves Jr. in two boxing matches.
Tommy Fury also has skeletons.
His rivals have a combined record of 20 victories and 250 defeats. Paul questioned Fury’s track record by saying, “He’s never been placed in there with someone who wasn’t there to lose. He will thus be reflecting, “Hell, everyone has been placed in there to lose,” on Sunday as he warms up in the locker room. I’ve been fighting with scrubs there, but now I get eight rounds in a genuine battle. Never has he gone eight rounds. He’ll be dropped into the deep sea and perish. I make that pledge.
Paul’s math is incorrect for the sake of precision. Fury has a respectable opposing track record. Fury’s last eight opponents have collectively had a record of 24-176, which is still not terrific.
Fury’s veins are filled with fighting blood. John, his father, was an expert boxer and bare-knuckle combatant. Maybe the greatest heavyweight in boxing history is his half-brother Tyson. Without a question, the bloodline is powerful. Moreover, Fury has been competing against legitimate boxers, something Paul cannot claim to have done, whether you like the opponent or not.
Yet it’s still challenging to make the case. Paul is less experienced than Fury in the ring. Fury’s career has mostly been up against unknown and inferior opponents, and he has yet to face a significant test. His track record is also under doubt.
It’s worthless. Up-and-coming boxers sometimes engage in “tune-up bouts” or “padding a record” early on. As they go through the ranks and acquire experience, young boxers like the 23-year-old Fury often compete against opponents who are far less experienced.
Fury was raised in a boxing household, which makes his criticism of Paul’s fighting career reasonable. There is, however, a second side to the tale. Fury doesn’t have to go far across the ring to see the sole unverified credentials in the narrative of the video, which is mostly the fault of boxing culture.
Who is the real combatant, and who will prevail?
Your assessment of who in the boxing community has a stronger claim is essentially the response to your forecast for the result in Saudi Arabia.
Fury is merely another stepping stone in the development of Paul’s team’s burgeoning fighting career.
When Paul’s record was questioned during the press conference, his business partner and manager Nakisa Bidarian used Floyd Mayweather as an example, saying that his ninth bout, not his seventh, was against a fighter with a record of 1-3. Are we concerned about safeguarding Jake as an asset? “Gervonta Davis, one of the most talked-about contemporary boxers in the world, lost his eighth fight against a man who was making his MMA debut, had never fought before, and had a 1-2 record. No. Jake is committed to upending boxing, taking chances, and staging spectacular events.
The boxing record of Bidarian’s client is defended, and he even ventured to compare it to some of the sport’s legends. The designated “professional risk-taker” disrupts the combat game on Saturday by making another move.
Whether he is legitimate or not, Paul does provide something that is only seen in professional fighting: the pressure of a huge match. Paul has the most hype despite not being the best combatant at this weekend’s combat sports. The spotlight will be brought to fury like never before.
We avoid pressure. With my kid, we’re here to fight,” John Fury added. “He has spent the most of his life around the theatre. As Tyson Fury’s brother, he was expected to do great things when he initially began. He has been under pressure from the beginning.
“This child thrives under pressure, and trust me, if I didn’t think he could perform, I wouldn’t have put my son in this position. My kid would never dishonour our great champion Tyson Fury. We’re going to see something unique in this wonderful nation.
There is still deserved respect for Paul and Fury even if this boxing battle may get high-level fighting treatment (fight money, ESPN+, coverage, social media talk).
Paul has been training hard and is a genuine competitor. He has also mostly faced opponents who have significantly more combat experience than he has. For Fury, it would be absurd to assume that he is merely a reality TV personality who makes a livelihood off the fame of his family in boxing. Fury is an undefeated 8-0 boxer who comes from a well-known fighting clan.