Jake Paul managed to find common ground with at least one member of the Fury family.
More chaos ensued from the latest press event to promote the upcoming grudge match between Paul (4-0, 3KOs) and Tommy Fury. (7-0, 4KOs), who meet atop a Showtime Pay-Per-View event set for December 18 at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida. Access to each other has been limited to live feed during separate press conferences thus far, the latest on Wednesday with Paul’s appearance limited to on screen as the younger Fury was joined by his father John and older brother, reigning lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22KOs).
The elder Fury is planning his first title defense in early 2022 but in the meantime has agreed to train his younger brother for this event. Tyson Fury—one of the sport’s most outspoken personalities—has also lent his voice to the promotion, much to the delight of his brother’s opponent who claims to have been tasked with too much of the heavy lifting on that front.
“I think [Tyson] should be getting paid Tommy’s purse,” Paul suggested during the press conference. “He’s been promoting the fight more than Tommy has.”
The claim was not immediately challenged.
“That’s what I said to Tommy,” quipped Tyson, doing his best to keep things civil during an otherwise hectic session.
Paul has remained cordial with the unbeaten heavyweight king throughout the promotion, initially to the point of apologizing for the punishment he plans to inflict on the younger Fury during fight night. That stance has clearly changed, as Paul is feeding off the energy of this event marking his first fight versus a boxer with experience of any kind.
The social media celebrity has scored early knockout wins over a trio of opponents who’d never previously boxed—fellow YouTube personality AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and former MMA fighter Ben Askren. Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley also made his pro boxing debut ahead of his fight with Paul, who was forced to go the distance in claiming an eight-round split decision this past August in Cleveland, Ohio. The 22-year-old Fury was also on the show, taking a four-round, unanimous decision win over Anthony Taylor (0-2).
All four previous outings featured plenty of back and forth between Paul and his opponents through the media. The same vibe isn’t being felt here.
“I’m sick and tired of carrying this show by myself,” insists Paul. “Thank you, Tyson. I’m gonna steal all of your fans. I’m gonna knock your out brother and be on my merry way. Another payday. Another speed bump in the road on the way to becoming world champion.
“Thank you for getting involved. I really appreciate it.”
The most established boxer in the promotion is happy to accommodate.
“Good man, thank you,” quipped Tyson Fury. “I’ll send you the invoice.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox