Internet sensation-turned-boxer Jake Paul has shot down Tommy Fury’s excuse for pulling out of their headlining boxing match in 12 days’ time, insisting the Brit cracked under the weight of pressure.
Fury has cited a chest infection and a broken rib as the reasons for his inability to fight Paul as planned in Florida. Instead, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will fill the breach left by Fury in what will be a rematch of Paul’s first fight against Woodley in August, which Paul won by split decision.
“I think the pressure got to him (Fury),” Paul told Ben Damon on the Main Event Boxing Podcast in an exclusive chat.
“The build-up to this fight was a lot – a lot of eyeballs, a lot of personal trash talk – and that pressure can easily crack somebody.
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“I’ve fought with a broken nose, I’ve fought sick, the last fight I had a hyperextended elbow, so there’s really no excuse when you sign the dotted line to not get into the ring other than if you’re just scared so that’s what I think it is 100 per cent.
“All of a sudden you have a broken rib and a chest infection? Something about it is weird. They have a shady family, the dad was in prison … I don’t trust anything they say or do.”
Fury was hopeful of rescheduling the fight with Paul, but the American was unsure about offering the half-brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury another chance.
“Part of me wants to just be cynical and not give him this opportunity,” Paul said.
“This was his biggest payday he had, the biggest opportunity of his career, and who knows what’s going to happen if I do give him the opportunity again? He’s going to make up other excuses.
“To me it’s just annoying. I don’t have time for BS in this business.”
Paul suspected Fury’s family was partly to blame for the late pull-out and that perhaps they didn’t want Tommy to get “embarrassed”.
“Maybe he was looking bad in camp. Who knows? I’m just speculating obviously,” Paul said.
Fed up with speculation that the fights he puts on are rigged, and that his opponents sign contracts containing clauses that they can’t knock him out, Paul has put a $500,000 KO bounty on his own head for Woodley to chase.
“Some people made these rumours up which are completely false, completely untrue, and it’s illegal to rig a fight like that or change the outcome of a fight – I would be in jail if that were the case,” Paul said.
“So we wanted to nip the rumours in the bud … all my fights are real, I can’t stress it enough, so now we’re going to incentivise my opponents in the future to knock me out.”
Woodley becoming Paul’s last-minute next opponent is the silver lining on Fury’s withdrawal according to Paul who views Woodley as a much tougher fighter.
“Tyron is still a massive fight and I’m excited to show people that I’ve gotten better since the last fight,” Paul said.
“I’ve sparred almost 200 rounds, made a lot of different improvements and I’m going to go out there and try to get the KO.
“Expect a different fighter, expect a different Jake Paul. I’m sharper, way more in condition and made a lot of adjustments on all aspects of my game.
“I want an electric highlight reel knockout.”