The world of boxing has been shaken up in recent years by the emergence of social media influencer turned-boxer, Jake Paul. But while he's made a name for himself in the sport, his progress through boxing has been slightly controversial. He's boxed other influencers and even a basketball player before taking on MMA fighters (including Anderson Silva). But against Tommy Fury, he might have just met his match...
Tommy Fury may be better known for his reality TV appearances and being the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, but he's proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the ring. And it was clear from the start that he had the upper hand against Paul in their intense 8-round battle in Saudi Arabia. Both men are relatively new to professional boxing and began with understandable nerves. They pawed with jabs, but it was Fury who landed his lead left early on. He took heart from that and began to gallop forward, charging into clinches at first.
But as the fight went on, Fury settled more quickly into the bout and started countering Paul's advances with solid right crosses and a strong jab. He gauged the distance between them well and caught Paul off guard multiple times throughout the match. However, things took a turn in the last round when Paul landed a solid left hand that sent Fury to the canvas. It was an impressive blow from Paul, who had struggled to find his footing throughout most of the match. But true champions don't give up easily - Fury rose back up and fought until the final bell. In a split-decision victory, Fury emerged victorious over Paul. And he couldn't have been happier about it. "For the past 2-and-a-half years, this is all that's consumed my life," he declared afterward. "Tonight I made my own legacy - I am Tommy Fury."
Fury showed great sportsmanship throughout the match, congratulating Paul on his efforts despite their differences outside of boxing. But ultimately, it was Fury who proved himself as the better boxer in this match-up. With his impressive jabs and counter punches, he showed that he's not just another reality TV star trying to make it big in the rings - he's got what it takes to become a true champion... Stay tuned.