Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom has tabbed Jake Paul as the favorite in his upcoming showdown with unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Tommy Fury.
Paul, a Youtube star turned boxer, has an undefeated record of 6-0, with 4 wins by knockout.
However, Paul has never faced an actual boxer.
Fury, 8-0 with four knockouts, is the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
The scheduled date for Paul vs. Fury is February 25 in Saudi Arabia. The bout was scheduled on two previous occasions, with Fury withdrawing in both instances.
“I make Jake Paul a big favorite in the fight with Tommy Fury. Being around boxing for 35 years, once thing I’ve noticed is [your mental state] is so important, and it is in life. You can have the greatest camp, you can hit your greatest PBs - if you’re not ready to go to war, then everything can change," Hearn told Boxing Social.
"I honestly believe, call it delusion, call it whatever, that Jake Paul thinks he’s the best fighter in the world. If I was advising Jake Paul, I probably would swerve the Tommy Fury fight because he can make much more money for bigger fights. The KSI-Jake Paul fight is a massive fight. It’s gonna make a lot of money. But he can lose to Tommy Fury.
“So I think it’s a dangerous fight for Jake Paul, and I respect him for taking the fight. I don’t know enough about Tommy Fury. I’ve watched him. You know, he couldn’t win a British title. He couldn’t do a lot of things. But he can fight. He’s an undefeated fighter. So I like it. I think it’s a good fight. I’m quite fascinated.”