Light heavyweight prospect Tommy Fury is not backing away from a potential fight with social media star Jake Paul.
Last month, Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) and Fury (7-0, 4KOs) were scheduled to collide in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view card in Florida.
About two weeks before the fight, Fury withdrew with a rib injury and a chest infection.
He was quickly replaced by former UFC champion Tyron Woodley, who lost an eight round split decision Paul in August of last year.
This time around, Paul made a statement when he brutally knocked Woodley out with a single punch in the sixth round.
Fury, who is the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, rejects the circulating talk that he ducked the fight with Paul.
“Anybody for a second who thinks that this is all fake and bullsh!t, they can think again, because why on earth would I pull out of this fight? I was getting paid handsomely and I am used to fighting real fighters,” Fury told MMA Hour's Ariel Helwani.
“The fact of the matter is there’s unfinished business here and this fight needs to take place, because how can he be serious about fighting if he’s never fought a boxer before? “How can he be serious about this? He keeps referring to the UFC. If he wants to go and fight in the UFC, don’t put on a pair of boxing gloves again and go and fight in the UFC. Don’t call yourself a boxer if you’ve never ever fought one. Make no mistake, that’s the fight I want next, and I’ll always be checking in with my team every single day to see where we’re up to with that.
“It has become personal, because it’s unfinished business, like I said. This fight should’ve happened in December, and it [didn’t]. This fight needs to happen. There’s a lot of people out there that want to see this fight. I do believe that out of every fight Jake Paul can take at the minute, boxing-wise, this is the biggest fight he can take. And I do believe he knows that. Because if I wasn’t the big name or wasn’t worthy of fighting, you know as well as I know Jake Paul wouldn’t be mentioning me, because there’s a lot of people who call Jake Paul out and there’s a lot of people who don’t get the response. At the end of the day, this is the fight for Jake Paul to make to prove whether or not he’s a legitimate boxer and can be a legitimate contender in this game.”