Tommy Fury’s Former Opponent Says Jake Paul Moves Like Oleksandr Usyk, Accuses ‘TNT’ of Ducking the Fight

Published 12/14/2021, 10:00 AM EST


Jake Paul was supposed to fight Tommy Fury this coming weekend. However, ‘The Problem Child’ will now rematch ex-UFC champion, Tyron Woodley, on December 18 in Florida. A mega-fight between Paul and Fury would have been both evenly contested and spectacular. Unfortunately, that’s not happening anytime soon.

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While Jake Paul hasn’t taken himself away from the scheduled fight, all eyes are on Tommy Fury, who reportedly contracted injuries in an ongoing camp. Although Tommy Fury’s brother Tyson Fury had claimed that ‘TNT’ can vanquish Paul even in an injured condition, in reality, they have backed off.

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Meanwhile, Jake Paul’s teammate Anthony Taylor has detailed a potential picture of what a scrap between ‘TNT’ and ‘The Problem Child’ would have appeared. Taylor was Tommy Fury’s 7in-ring victim and having faced ‘TNT’, he analyzed what Jake Paul would have done to him in the ring.

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In a chat with Sky Sports, Taylor said, “[Fury is] a novice. He just had height on me. He doesn’t have knockout power. If Jake fought Tommy, it would have been the same fight as Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk. Usyk moves like Jake moves. Jake, against Tyron Woodley, touched every corner and crevice of that ring. Jake has better cardio than Tommy. His IQ and his awareness are better.” (H/T: Boxing Scene)

Once Tommy Fury regains his condition at 100%, we can expect him to call out Paul. By that time, Jake Paul can boast a 5-0 pro record, which stands at 4-0 now. Nevertheless, Paul shall not sleep on Tyron Woodley, or else he can lose his ticket to face ‘TNT’.

Anthony Taylor doesn’t believe Jake Paul and Tommy Fury are on a similar level

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The scheduled scrap between Paul and Fury fell off from the brink of happening. It raised several questions, and not everyone believed Fury’s injury claims to be legitimate. ‘Pretty Boy’ Anthony Taylor is one of them who questioned the credibility of Team Fury’s reports. He also explained the possible reason that urged ‘TNT’ to back off.

Manchester , United Kingdom – 22 December 2018; Tommy Fury celebrates after defeating Jevgenijs Andrejev in their light-heavyweight bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Anthony Taylor continued, “The real reason [Fury withdrew] is that his conditioning was not on point. I fought Tommy – his cardio was bare, even in important rounds. He had six weeks to get into shape but it takes longer than that. Big John Fury knew that and, I guarantee, he pulled the trigger on this fight because he didn’t trust Tommy’s cardio.”

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Well, Tommy Fury hasn’t responded to any of it. He can relish his time-off and wait to see how Jake Paul performs against Tyron Woodley. On seeing a win in favor of Paul, we can expect Tommy Fury to get his shot at him next. However, Woodley can land an upset and shatter all the pre-planned bouts in the division.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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