- Jake Paul and Tommy Fury collide Sunday in a bout broadcast on ESPN pay-per-view.
- Paul is one of the sport’s rising stars but could meet his toughest test to date against Fury.
- Fury, 23, is a well-known figure inside and outside the ring, shooting to fame from reality TV.
Jake Paul returns to the ring Sunday for a cruiserweight boxing match against fellow novice fighter Tommy Fury in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
As 23-year-old Fury is the first legitimate boxer to face 26-year-old Paul, after the YouTuber has mostly been feasting on fellow creators or past-prime MMA fighters, he may prove to be the biggest challenge in the Internet sensation’s career.
Things almost came to blows during a final face-off this week as both fighters appeared desperate to get their hands on one another.
They have engaged in a war of words for months, but one question may remain for Paul fans tuning into the show — who is his opponent, and is he any good?
Who is Tommy Fury?
Fury is a rookie fighter with a professional boxing record of eight wins — including four knockouts — from eight matches.
Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague.
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He’s as known for commitments outside of the ring as he is for his boxing, though, as he shot to fame in Britain in 2019 after appearing on the dating reality TV show Love Island.
Fury finished as a runner-up in the show alongside partner Molly-Mae Hague, an English social media influencer.
Fury has other famous relatives as he’s the younger half-brother of the world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, and is the son of boxing trainer and former bare-knuckle fighter John Fury, who is of Irish Traveller descent.
Tommy Fury’s boxing career has taken him all over the UK, as he’s fought in prominent arenas in Manchester and London.
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A question mark surrounds how good his opposition actually is as his eight opponents to date have a combined 24-176-5 record when they faced him.
There’s an argument to be made, therefore, that like Fury may well be Jake Paul’s toughest opponent to date, Paul, too, could be Fury’s biggest challenge, too.
Jake Paul and Tommy Fury fight Sunday in an event broadcast in the US on ESPN pay-per-view.
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