YouTube sensation Paul will fight for the third time in 2021 as he takes on Love Island star Fury in the Brit’s first pay-per-view headline event, with their unbeaten records both on the line
YouTube star Jake Paul is set to fight Tommy Fury in Miami on December 18.
The celebrity duo have gone back-and-forth on social media for the best part of the last year, and have finally agreed to terms on a big-money Stateside fight.
Both Love Island star Fury and social media sensation Paul are unbeaten in their young boxing careers, with the Brit holding a 7-0 record and the American going 4-0 since January 2020.
Fury has the more impressive boxing pedigree, training with his brother; world heavyweight champion Tyson, throughout his life and having a brief and unremarkable amateur career.
Paul, on the other hand, only fought once in a white collar boxing match after starting training in early 2018, before making the move to the professional ranks in 2020.
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The Sun were first to reveal the date and venue for the fight but Mirror Fighting understands a deal is close.
Both men most recently fought on a pay-per-view card in Cleveland, Ohio, which was headlined by Paul’s split decision win over Tyron Woodley.
In the first fight of the main card, Fury defeated Paul’s sparring partner Anthony Taylor by way of a four-round decision that underwhelmed fans on the night.
And the bad blood between Paul and Fury spilled over backstage when the YouTube star interrupted an interview the Brit was doing backstage and caused a scuffle between their two teams.
Talks for the fight went back-and-forth for month, with the bout almost being pulled when Fury turned down a £1million offer from Paul, which was his second made for the bout.
But the fight, which is expected to be aired on Showtime Boxing in the United States and BT Sport in the UK, is now going to happen in America this year.
Paul has proposed a bet in which he would pay Fury an extra $500,000 from his own purse should he lose, but in return Fury must promise to legally change his name to ‘Tommy Fumbles’ for a year if he can’t get the win.
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The co-main event of the evening will feature world champion Amanda Serrano, who is signed to Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, who are co-promoting the event with Showtime Boxing and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
Paul has fought twice this year, as has Fury, and once he steps into the ring he will become the most active YouTube boxer in history, with no social media star ever having fought three times in one year before.
Fury had been facing mostly journeymen until he met Taylor, who was an MMA fighter with a solid win streak that included scalps over UFC fighters Dean Barry and Chris Avila.
Paul has yet to face anyone who has a professional boxing record, first defeating YouTube star AnEsonGib and basketball player Nate Robinson in 2020.
He moved on to UFC stars this year when he faced Ben Askren in April, who he brutally stopped inside one round, before facing former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in August.
The bout will take place over eight, three minute rounds under full professional rules, and the loser will have a loss on their professional record for the first time.