The owner of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, who was previously criticized by Jake Paul and accused him of bribing the judge, was reportedly preparing to sue the former Disney star for a $100M defamation case.
But it seems the dispute has been settled, and prior to a probable bout between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia in the last week of February, Hearn picked up a favorite for the fight.
“I think it’s a good fight. Frighteningly, I make Jake quite a big favorite.”
But the British promoter clarified that it will be a brilliant event, as both fighters are undefeated to date.
“It’s a 50/50 fight and in terms of levels, it would be good for an undercard, but it just so happens that Jake Paul is a huge name and has built a brilliant profile and Tommy is a big name too, so they can do that as a main event, make a load of money and I think it’s quite an interesting fight because we just don’t know.”
Hearn also stated that the younger Paul will be the toughest opponent for the younger Fury, and as the Brit was not fighting that well lately, that’s why the chairman of Matchroom Sport picked Paul.
“Jake Paul is levels above any fighter Tommy’s ever boxed shows you his resume. I’ve watched some of Tommy, he hasn’t looked very good recently, but can he fight? If he’s actually a genuine prospect, he’ll beat Jake. If he’s not, he’ll get beat. I like the fight.”
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury is a done deal for Feb. 25, per sources.
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However, while confirming the bout, Tommy Fury’s father, John Fury, told TalkSports that if his son failed to take down Jake Paul, that would be the end of his career.
“Absolutely, no shadow of a doubt. There is no more boxing for him if he loses. But, I am 100 percent confident he will knock him out.”