Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will finally settle their differences on December 18 with their rivalry going almost a year strong.
YouTuber turned professional boxer Paul is now 4-0 inside a boxing ring and he has three knockouts to his name. Although he faced some decorated athletes, none of his opponents had ever boxed professionally before they faced him.
Fury is 7-0 with four knockouts on his record, but his list of opponents had a combined 176 defeats between them before facing Fury.
Not only had he not faced anyone of any real pedigree, but he didn’t look his sparkling best when defeating Paul’s training partner, Anthony Taylor, on points last time out.
The origins of the Fury and Paul feud can actually be found in Tommy’s older brother, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
After Tommy picked up a win against Scott Williams in London, Tyson shared a meme in support and then a post celebrating his brother’s reach.
He posted a screen grab of ‘viewing figures’ that suggested Tommy’s fight had been watched by 1.9 million viewers while all the other matches barely broke 100,000 views on the same night.
However, the screen grab turned out to be a fake and Jake Paul seized the opportunity to mock Tyson for sharing the fraudulent information.
In response, Tyson then dared Jake to fight Tommy – and the two reality stars became embroiled in online threats towards each other.
Then in May, Jake hit Tommy with a low blow by claiming 22-year-old Molly-Mae Hague, Tommy’s partner, had sent him a direct message on Instagram.
Jake claimed Molly-Mae had messaged him in October 2018, writing: “Might be coming to America later this year and have always been a fan of your videos.
“Maybe you can show me around?!” Along with a white heart emoji and a face licking its lips emoji, too.
Hague denounced the message as fake and proved so by pointing out the white heart emoji featured in the message wasn’t even active until three months before the alleged message was sent.
Following that, the Fury brothers posted a video where Tyson and Tommy directed threats towards Paul as they looked for him in Miami.
In August, Paul fought Tyron Woodley and on the same card, Fury fought Taylor, a man who has been a constant in Paul’s training camps.
Both men would emerge victorious on the night, but after the event they clashed backstage in a melee that featured around 40 men.
“They ain’t fighters,” Fury explained after the incident.
“I mean I haven’t watched it back but I was ready to throw hands there and then. This man is all in front of the cameras but he doesn’t understand that me and my team will go – now.
“We don’t care about how many of you there are, we’ll get stuck in. So he can count his blessings in the hallway really.
“Forty of his security team broke it up because the man can’t fight, the man can’t fight at all. Imagine him in a street fight? Please, he wouldn’t last three seconds.
“If he didn’t have his security team there with him, he wouldn’t have even… he would have walked straight past me,” Fury added.
“Jake Paul hasn’t got nothing inside him and I see that in that corridor right then.
“There was a moment in that corridor right then when everything was going off between his security, my team and his team and it was just me and him, and I looked dead into his soul. And when them cameras are not around, he doesn’t want to know.
The next jabs came when Paul responded to social media posts of Tommy partying. Fury was seen shirtless and gesturing to a crowd of students while in the VIP area while partying in the UK and Paul took the chance to mock the 21 year old.
“Molly-Mae Haugue, come get your boys,” with a vomit emoji.
He then said: “Closest friends, coaches, teammates – if I’m ever at a club, shirtless, at a table by myself going like this, someone pull me out of that f*****g club immediately.”
Once it finally appeared as though the two were interested in negotiating a deal to fight, Fury reportedly turned down a $1million offer from Paul to make the fight happen and at that point, Paul told talkSPORT that he believed the fight was dead.
Fury and his father, John, both said that they believed a fight of this magnitude was worth far more for them, despite the obvious record payday at $1million.
While we don’t know for sure how much more money is in it for both men now the fight has been agreed, we do know that Paul will give Fury $500,000 of his purse if Fury wins, but if Paul wins, Fury has to change his name to Tommy Fumbles. It’s believed this is a handshake agreement.
Then, finally, we had John Fury lose his temper at the press conference this week. The Fury patriarch squared up to the TV as he told Paul it’s impossible he could beat his son.
The time for talking is nearly up and somebody’s zero has got to go.