Venturing into professional boxing last year, popular YouTuber and social media icon Jake Paul (3-0, 3 KOs) has become a hot topic amongst boxing fans.
Rising to fame after his brutal knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson last November, Paul landed a fight against multi-promotion MMA champion Ben Askren to a boxing match and came out with another KO win at the Mercedes Benz Stadium on 17th April, marking his third professional victory.
Soon after the fight result took the boxing fandom by storm, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s younger half-brother Tommy (5–0, 4 KOs) took to Twitter to call out Jake Paul for a bout.
“I’m ready to give the people what they want,” Tommy Fury tweeted, tagging Paul in his post as well, which the latter accepted right away, just on one condition- the fight has to be on the same card of a fight between Tyson Fury and Michael Hunter, WBO junior heavyweight title contender.
Very positive for our sport: Tyson Fury hails YouTubers coming to boxing
While Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs), who is currently preparing for the much-awaited Anthony Joshua fight, has not shown any positivity towards facing Hunter. Nonetheless, the Briton exchanged some cordial words with Paul following his win over Askren and lauded the YouTuber’s nascent boxing career.
“Absolutely fantastic for the game,” said the Gypsy King, “these YouTube guys coming to professional boxing brings more eyes to our sport.”
“The kids and more people are watching from different ages because of these guys. So it’s very, very positive for our sport,” the 32-year-old added.
Fury is not the first to appreciate YouTubers such as Jake Paul, his brother Logan Paul, KSI and more, entering professional boxing, even Mike Tyson, who’s exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr last November was the one featuring Paul vs Robinson in the undercard, shed praise on the same notion earlier.
Tommy Fury “ready” for a Jake Paul fight, even though he had no interest earlier
While Jake Paul is garnering admiration from Tyson Fury, his interactions with Tommy has not been so similar. Last month, the two had exchanged some verbal heat after Fury expressed his desire to see his brother squaring off against Paul.
Following Fury’s words, Paul called Tommy “a little brother living in his big brother’s shadow,” for not speaking up about the fight himself, to which the latter responded as not seeing Paul as a “real, legitimate boxer.“
“He’s a YouTuber in America somewhere, I’ve got no interest,” Tommy had spoken to Sky Sports last month.
However, Paul’s win over Askren seems to have changed the scene now, as Tommy himself has called for a fight in which he had no initial interest. We can expect more development regarding Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury in the coming days.