The show goes on for Jake Paul.

As for Tommy Fury, there is no such guarantee of it coming back around in 2022—or ever.

“F--- this guy, onto the next one,” Paul insisted to BoxingScene.com and other reporters while discussing revised plans for the December 18 Showtime Pay-Per-View event from AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Paul (4-0, 3KOs) was briefly left without an opponent, upon learning that England’s Fury (7-0, 4KOs) withdrew due to a reported chest infection and rib injury. Immediate efforts were made to secure a replacement opponent for December 18, which will come in the form of a rematch with former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (0-1 as a boxer) who accepted the bout on short notice. “I’m pissed off now. I don’t like them. I think they’re sketchy and shady.

“I don’t see any reason to come back next year and give him that kind of opportunity and that kind of payday.”

The unexpected sequel comes less than four months after Paul claimed an eight-round, split decision win over Woodley in their August 29 Showtime PPV headliner from Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The show also included Fury, the younger half-brother of reigning lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22KOs) who claimed a decision win over Anthony Taylor (0-2) on the undercard.

Paul and Fury were already feuding through social media prior to that event, with no love lost between camps to the point of agreeing to terms for the previously announced December 18 grudge match. Three separate press conferences—two in the U.S. (Las Vegas and Tampa) and one in Morecambe, England—failed to produce a session with both live in attendance. Fury appeared via video feed for the Tampa session, while Paul was made available in the same format for the grossly vulgar U.K. press conference.

Beyond those events, the heavy lifting on the promotional event was done by Paul. The disappointment in Fury withdrawing with just two weeks to go lends hesitation to revisiting such a fight in the year ahead.

“It does, it really does,” admits Paul, who headlines his third PPV event in 2021. “He didn’t show up to the press conference. He pulled out of the fight. He’s done a terrible job of promoting the fight that we had. He posted on social media that he has like once every other week. He’s not as hype as everyone thought.

“It would almost be more satisfying for me to just leave him in the dust, make him fight until he’s 25-0—if he even gets that far—to get the same payday he was getting in his eighth fight. We’ll see.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox