Will the third time be a charm for Jake Paul trying to fight Tommy Fury? Apparently, he’s at least going to try it and soon.
Tuesday Morning noted MMA Insider Ariel Helwani reported that the social media YouTube Star turn boxer Paul will now once again turn his attention to an attempt to fight the half-brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury is a done deal for Feb. 25, per sources.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 17, 2023
Helwani did not offer any further details, as of yet, other than the date and there has been much speculation that Paul would fight Fury in the United Kingdom.
Most boxing fans and observers will take the news “with a grain of salt” in that Fury previously agreed two different times to fight Paul on pay-per-views only to back out after having agreed to the date, the location etc.
The first of those came in December of 2021, when just weeks before their scheduled about in Tampa Florida, Fury decided he could not and/or would not travel to the United States to fight the unbeaten former actor turned prize fighter. Instead, Paul and Showtime pay-per-view hastily rescheduled a sequel fight between Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. And, Paul eventually destroyed Woodley with a one-punch knockout and then, turned his sights back to Fury.
Paul stayed with the idea of fighting Fury and scheduled it for a second time for August of last year, only to have Fury once again bail on the fight and refuse to follow through and come to the United States.
Paul eventually tried to fight heavyweight Hasim Rahman Jr., the son of the former unified heavyweight champ, last August. But Rahman reneged on weight clauses and stipulations that had been agreed to and Paul called the fight off a week before it was to have happened at a sold out Madison Square Garden.
Paul later fought MMA champion Anderson Silva in Glendale, Arizona in late October, scoring a decision win and improving his record to 6-0.
Paul has repeatedly put on social media that if the price was right, he would go to fight Fury in the United Kingdom. He previously demanded $15 million to do so, but no one took that seriously.
Still, there has been the belief that there were talks going on privately for Fury to possibly be Paul’s next fight. And now, the credible Helwani has reported a date, as well.
Paul, who’s almost entire existence is online and social media, has yet to publish anything or respond Tuesday morning to the report that he’s scheduled to try to fight Fury, yet again.
As for the 23 year old Fury, 8-0, 4 KOs, he has had modest success as a cruiserweight fighter at a low level, but would be the first legitimate boxer that Paul would face.
That’s provided that he doesn’t do what he’s done the previous two times with agreements to fight Jake Paul- back out of the fight.