Promoter Eddie Hearn is still backing social media star turned boxer, Jake Paul, to defeat light heavyweight prospect Tommy Fury.
Their bout is scheduled for August 6th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Showtime Pay-Per-View will carry the event.
At the moment the fight is still in place. On Tuesday it was revealed that Fury was denied entry into the United States. Fury's handlers are confident the situation will be resolved.
They were scheduled to fight last December. Fury withdrew from the bout with a rib injury. He was replaced by former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, who Paul brutally knocked out.
Should the fight go forward, Fury (8-0, 4 KOs) would become the first pro boxer that Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) has faced in the ring.
The younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is confident in his ability to pull off the win.
Hearn doesn't share the same confidence.
“I think [Paul] probably does [beat Fury]. They’re about the same kind of level. The problem with Jake is you listen to him and you can’t help being drawn in by the confidence. So I’m now drawn in by the confidence and putting him as a guy who deserves to be a boxer," Hearn told The MMA Hour.
“On paper Tommy Fury should beat him easily, but then you watch Tommy Fury and you think, ‘Well actually, you’re not very good either.’ But what is good about the fight is that it’s a 50/50 fight. As long as it’s a competitive match-up, it doesn’t matter, it’s okay to watch. And that’s a 50/50, I don’t actually know who’s gonna win.
“If Tommy Fury loses, it is genuinely the most embarrassing thing that could ever happen to him. If Jake loses, his career’s over. So therefore it’s quite exciting.”