The third time is apparently the charm for Jake Paul and Tommy Fury.
Paul, the YouTube-star-turned-prize-fighter, and Fury have agreed to fight Feb. 25 in Saudi Arabia, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger on Tuesday. This is the third time the two have booked a fight with one another, yet have still not gotten in the ring with together.
Sources said further details about the specific venue, distribution of the bout and how many rounds it will be contested in are expected to be announced later this week. Inside Fighting was the first to report the news of the fight.
Fury withdrew from a scheduled bout with Paul in December 2021 due to an illness. The bout was rebooked for August 2022, but Paul’s team pulled the plug due to Fury’s travel issues coming into the United States. Fury is the younger brother of heavyweight great Tyson and a popular reality show star in the United Kingdom.
Jake Paul, 26, is 6-0 in pro boxing and coming off a unanimous decision win over MMA legend Anderson Silva back in October. He has knockout wins over former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, former MMA champ Ben Askren and ex-NBA veteran Nate Robinson.
One of the main criticism of Paul is that he hasn’t fought anyone with real pro boxing experience. Fury, 23, would be the most experienced boxer Paul has faced. He’s 8-0 as a pro, coming off a decision win over Daniel Bocianski last April.