Jake Paul Next Fight Tommy Fury at Madison Square Garden PPV Jake Paul’s return to the boxing ring is set. The 25-year-old will be back on Aug. 6 from Madison Square Garden in New York against Tommy Fury, brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, in a Showtime PPV event. The bout will be contested over eight rounds at cruiserweight. Paul made the announcement on Thursday morning via social media after Fury said he had signed the contract and agreed to drug testing parameters.
In addition to his fight, Paul announced that former eight-division champion Amanda Serrano will also compete on the card. She faces off against Brenda Carabajal. Paul declared that both bouts will be considered main events. Paul (5-0, 4 KOs), the YouTube sensation turned professional pugilist, is coming off his best year in the ring where he went 3-0 with the two wins over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and another devastating finish of former MMA champion Ben Askren.
Jake Paul Next Fight Tommy Fury at Madison Square Garden PPV
Paul went the distance with Woodley in their first meeting in August, but needed him to return to the ring on just two weeks’ notice when Fury was forced to withdraw from a scheduled December bout with an undisclosed injury. The fight devolved into a gross brawl before Paul landed to nasty knockout punch late in the fight.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to say yes to another potential matchup against Tommy after he pulled out of our matchup last year,” Paul said in a statement. “But ultimately, knocking out a Fury was too appealing to pass up. I’ve proven I am dedicated to boxing in and out of the ring, from promoting fights, championing fighters and fighter pay, to knocking out my opponents. The Furys cannot say the same, they are selfish tossers. On August 6, at the mecca, Madison Square Garden, the world will see why I am on my way to being a world champion. I’m honored to fight under the same lights as some of the greatest professional boxers in history.”
Fury, 23, earned his chance at Paul when he was featured on the undercard of the first Woodley fight in Cleveland. He narrowly outpointed Anthony Taylor and looked less than stellar in his follow-up bout this April against Daniel Bocianski. The Brit is 8-0 with four knockouts so far in his young career. Can’t get enough boxing and MMA? Get the latest in the world of combat sports from two of the best in the business. Subscribe to Morning Kombat with Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell for the best analysis and in-depth news.
Is it finally time for a pair of super fights? Terence Crawford vs. Errol Spence Jr. and Tyson Fury vs. the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua
Campbell: To be fair, it has been past time for both fights, yet the good news for boxing fans is that the wait appears nearly over. Both Spence and Crawford appear headed toward an undisputed fight at 147 pounds as early as this fall. The heavyweights, meanwhile, are getting closer as unified champion Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua have set the terms for their August rematch. Unbeaten WBC titleholder Tyson Fury, when not using the threat of retirement as negotiating leverage, also appears ready to fight the winner.
The recent trend of undisputed fights across all weight divisions has been a pleasant surprise. But none quite have the ring of royalty like the sport’s two money weight classes in welterweight and heavyweight.
Brookhouse: It’s been refreshing to see more and more big fights come together in the boxing ring. All barriers to Crawford vs. Spence are gone as Crawford has moved away from Top Rank, the fight must now happen. Luckily, it seems it is going to happen. And, not only is it going to happen, it’s going to happen with both fighters in their primes and as world champions in their ideal weight classes. Heavyweight is a bit more complicated.
Fury should face the Joshua vs. Usyk winner, of course. But Fury says he’s retired and won’t end that retirement for less than $500 million. We’re talking about a legacy-defining fight, however, and Fury is guaranteed a boatload of money, even if not half a billion. I don’t believe the heavyweight unification comes together before the end of the year, but I hold out hope to see it in 2023.