Saudi Arabia - Light heavyweight prospect Tommy Fury (9-0, 4 KOs) is riding high after overcoming a knockdown in the final round, to push forward and win an eight round split decision over previously unbeaten Jake Paul (6-1, 4 KOs).
The scores were 75-74 for Paul, 76-73 for Fury and 76-73 for Fury.
Fury, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, had been waiting for two years to get in the ring with Paul.
The fight had been scheduled on two prior occasions. In 2021, Fury withdrew with a rib injury. A year later, Fury was unable to move forward when he was denied entry into the United States.
Fury was the underdog in most of the betting circles. He was the first true boxer that Paul had ever faced in the ring. The majority of Paul's wins had come against MMA veterans.
The younger Fury surprised a lot of the critics by outboxing and outworking Paul during several rounds. He was able to take Paul's power, but saw himself get dropped by a hard left jab in the eighth and final round. Fury wasn't seriously hurt and came back with a solid rally to likely even up the round.
“For the past two years, this is all that has consumed my life. Broken rib. Denied access. Everybody thought I was running scared. Tonight, I made my own legacy. I am Tommy Fury," Fury said.
“All through these past two years, I had a dream and a vision that I would win this fight. And no one believed me. Now I can stand up and everybody can take note. It’s my first main event at 23 years old. I had pressure on my shoulders, and I came through.
“This is my first main event. I’m only going to get stronger, and I’m only going to get bigger. There were a lot of nerves going into that fight, but I override that. If he wants a rematch, bring it on.”
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