On August 6, Jake Paul will square off against professional boxer Tommy Fury in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Paul has challenged Fury’s brother, world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, to a $1 million wager on Tommy before that battle.
Jake Paul’s Twitter post:
“. @Tyson_Fury wants to bet $100k on his brother… Tyson, grow a pair and let’s make it a better bet”
Paul was referring to a Fury interview with iFL TV in which the champion stated that he would wager £100,000 on his brother’s victory (h/t Ben Davies of the Mirror).
Now, Paul wants Fury to up the stakes dramatically ahead of the battle, which will put two unbeaten boxers against each other. Paul is 5-0 as a pro, including two victories against former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Fury is undefeated in his career.
Fury represented both England and Ireland as an amateur. Fury has represented Ireland at the international level. He began his career with the Holy Family Boxing Club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before moving on to the Smithboro Club in County Monaghan, Ireland. In a double international competition against an experienced Polish squad in 2007, Ireland lost 12–6 overall; Fury, on the other hand, won both fights in Rzeszów and Biaystok. Fury won via knockout in another Irish encounter against the United States. In 2006, he earned bronze at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.
In England, he competed in the senior national championships in 2006 while representing Jimmy Egans Boxing Academy in Wythenshawe, Manchester, but was defeated by David Price 22–8. He won the EU Junior Championship in May 2007, defeating Istvan Bernath in the final. In July 2007, he won silver in the European Junior Championship, losing in the final to Maxim Babanin.
Fury was rated third in the world as a junior, behind Russians Maxim Babanin and Andrey Volkov, but was denied the opportunity to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympics since each country is limited to one fighter per weight category, and David Price was chosen. Price was discovered via the amateur Olympic program. Fury also attempted but failed to qualify for Ireland. Fury stated in 2011: “I should have gone to the Olympic games in 2008 and won a gold medal for Ireland, but I was denied the chance to go and do it” He was also forced to withdraw from the Irish national championships because authorities from the Holy Trinity Boxing Club in West Belfast, home of the then-Irish amateur heavyweight champion, lodged a protest over his eligibility due to his non-Irish birth.
Fury defeated Damien Campbell 19:1 to win the ABA super-heavyweight title in 2008. Later that year, he went professional. He opted not to wait for the 2012 Olympics after becoming disillusioned with amateur boxing. He concluded with a 31–4 amateur record (26 KOs).