The First Fight
Originally supposed to meet on the 18th of December last year. Tommy was forced out of that bout due to a rib injury sustained in training. This led to former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley taking on Jake in a rematch. Leaving many fans upset, Paul was once again not fighting “a real boxer”.
This rematch ended in the sixth round when Jake landed a huge right hand knocking out the former MMA star. With the emphatic victory against a battle-tested fighter, not a boxer. It left many fight fans wondering if that would have happened if he’d had faced Tommy or another lifelong boxer?
The Second Fight
After more back and forth online, it seemed that we were finally set to see the two square off. Scheduled to go down on August 6th. It was all going well until recently upon his attempt to gain entry to the US for the fight’s press conference. Tommy was denied access and had no idea why, as explained via an online video. According to some, it is due to his and his family’s links to crime boss Daniel Kinahan.
Adding more fuel to the speculation fire, both men have since had things to say regarding the other. With each trading barbs that the other is trying to avoid the fight. Still fighting on the August 6th card, it seems the Paul camp has turned their attention elsewhere. Thus potentially putting the kibosh on the Fury match-up for good.
The New Opponent
The man who will step in this time will not be Tyron Woodley or any other MMA fighter for that matter. It will be Hasim Rahman Jr 12-1. For those of you who think this name looks familiar, you might have seen it before for two reasons.
Reason number one, his father is Hasim Rahman. A former heavyweight champion who in 2001 shocked the boxing world when he KO’d Lennox Lewis to gain the title. Reason two is that Hasim jr and Jake Paul used to be training partners.
Not the fight many hoped for, as the beef between Tommy Fury and Jake Paul would have added to their fight. However, Jake will still face his toughest boxing test to date, with a tough 12-1 heavyweight in between him and victory.
Do you think we’ll ever see Jake Paul and Tommy Fury compete against one another?