Fight fans will be expecting third time luck when Jake Paul and Tommy Fury meet next Sunday.
The bout was originally scheduled for December 2021 only for Fury to pull out due to injury. A rescheduled date last year also failed when Fury was denied entry into the United States.
The build up to this fight has also been very serious, with Fury failing to attend a recent press conference, leaving Paul to face Derek Chisora instead. Fury’s promoter, George Warren, was in Saudi Arabia for him, and said Fury remained in the UK to deal with a “personal and private matter”.
The WBC, one of the ranking organizations that run boxing, has said it will give Paul an official world ranking in the cruiserweight division if he manages to beat Fury. In theory, that is the first step in allowing Paul to fight for a world title.
“Jake has a passion and respect for the sport,” said a WBC spokesman. “The WBC will not tolerate discrimination against anyone, he deserves the opportunities that any other boxer has. He has shown punching power and improved skills as well as a solid chin.”
When is the fight?
Paul and Fury fight on Sunday, February 26.
What time does it start in the UK?
The ring paths for the main event start at 9.30pm UK time. The program will start in full at 6.30pm
Who is in the undercard line
- Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury
- Ilunga Makabu vs Badou Jack – for the WBC cruiserweight title
- Bader Samreen vs Viorel Simion
- Muhsin Cason vs Taryel Jafarov
- Ziyad Almaayuf vs Janos Penzes
- Adam Saleh vs Stuart Kellogg
Where is he?
The event will be held in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, where Anthony Joshua had his second fight against Andy Ruiz Jr, in December 2019.
How can I watch it in the UK?
Paul vs Fury will be broadcast exclusively on BT Sport Box Office, costing £19.95. Alternatively, viewers can watch on mobile phones or tablets using the BT Sport app. You do not need to be a BT Sport subscriber to buy this event.
In the United States, the fight will be shown on ESPN+ PPV.
Who are the two fighters and what is their record?
Tommy ‘TNT’ Fury is the half-brother of former world heavyweight champion Tyson. He is undefeated in eight fights at cruiserweight with four of those wins coming via knockout.
American Jake Paul rose to fame as a social media personality and has since dabbled in popular music as well as mixed martial arts.
He turned his hand to professional boxing, nicknamed ‘Problem Child’, and has won all six of his fights. However, if Fury is adopted it is likely to represent a significant step forward in the class.