Jake Paul is not giving up on the prospect of facing Tommy Fury in the ring.
All that he asks is that the unbeaten Brit share the same enthusiasm for the matchup itself and in an effort to get it over the line.
As previously reported by BoxingScene.com, plans are currently on hold for their August 6 Showtime co-headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Showtime and Most Valuable Promotions (MVP), Paul’s company, were forced to cancel a Wednesday press conference to formally announce the event was canceled after it was confirmed that Manchester’s Fury (8-0, 4KOs) was unable to travel abroad.
An issue with his ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authority) document—required by UK residents to travel to the U.S.—prevented the Brit from boarding a plane at Heathrow Airport. Fury released a video Tuesday morning claiming to be unaware of the reason for his being denied, although Paul insists that little has been done by his longtime rival to rectify the matter.
“Update. We have spoken to Tommy Fury’s lawyers. They are all advising him to just go to the embassy to get his visa,” Paul claimed Wednesday in a video released on his verified social media channels. “That is all he has to do. But Tommy is showing no urgency. He hasn’t gone yet. He’s not communicating with us on what he’s doing. Is this another case of Tommy Fumbles being scared to fight me? I think that’s what it is.
“Stop ducking me, stop wasting my time and let’s make this fight happen.”
Fury’s travel issues makes it a clean sweep for his family remaining grounded in the U.K. John Fury, Tommy’s father and head trainer, is not allowed in the U.S. due to a conviction in 2011 for gouging out the eyes of longtime nemesis Oathie Sykes at the end of a bitter feud that extended back to 1999.
Older brother and reigning lineal/WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23KOs) was turned away earlier in the month after attempting to travel to Miami from the U.K. His travel issues are speculated to be directly tied to his association—past or otherwise—with accused Irish crime lord Daniel Kinahan, who was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury in April.
Other outlets have speculated that Tommy Fury’s recent travel denial was tied to the woes that currently plague his brother. Paul (5-0, 4KOs) is one of at least two Jakes in the industry who have investigated enough to not believe it to be true, though the YouTube star and current cruiserweight has a different theory on why Fury isn’t fulfilling his promise to proceed with the already announced August 6 event.
“I think the Fury family is just trying to manipulate me to fight in the UK,” suggests Paul, the Ohio-born fighter now based out of Dorado, Puerto Rico whose five pro fights have all occurred in the U.S. “OK. You want me to fight in the UK? Show me $15,000,000. Because here in America, we do more pay-per-view buys, we do more ticket sales and we do more sponsorship. I’ve shown you the money. MSG, August 6.”
Should the fight fall through, it will mark the second straight time that Paul is left to find a new opponent on short notice. The two were due to bump last December 18 at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, only for Fury to withdraw less than two weeks out due to suffering a chest infection and rib injury.
Paul refuses to settle for history repeating itself.
“Tommy, you’re gonna miss out on the biggest payday of your life because you want me to come to the UK? Like I said, I’ll come there. Just show me the money. But y’all can’t do that. You don’t have $15,000,000. This is embarrassing. Go to the embassy, get your visa and let’s make this fight happen.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox