Jake Paul’s return to the boxing ring is set. The 25-year-old will be back on Aug. 6 from Madison Square Garden in New York against Tommy Fury, brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, in a Showtime PPV event. The bout will be contested over eight rounds at cruiserweight.
Paul made the announcement on Thursday morning via social media after Fury said he had signed the contract and agreed to drug testing parameters. In addition to his fight, Paul announced that former eight-division champion Amanda Serrano will also compete on the card. She faces off against Brenda Carabajal. Paul declared that both bouts will be considered main events.
Paul (5-0, 4 KOs), the YouTube sensation turned professional pugilist, is coming off his best year in the ring where he went 3-0 with the two wins over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and another devastating finish of former MMA champion Ben Askren.
Paul went the distance with Woodley in their first meeting in August, but needed him to return to the ring on just two weeks’ notice when Fury was forced to withdraw from a scheduled December bout with an undisclosed injury. The fight devolved into a gross brawl before Paul landed to nasty knockout punch late in the fight.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to say yes to another potential matchup against Tommy after he pulled out of our matchup last year,” Paul said in a statement. “But ultimately, knocking out a Fury was too appealing to pass up. I’ve proven I am dedicated to boxing in and out of the ring, from promoting fights, championing fighters and fighter pay, to knocking out my opponents. The Furys cannot say the same, they are selfish tossers. On August 6, at the mecca, Madison Square Garden, the world will see why I am on my way to being a world champion. I’m honored to fight under the same lights as some of the greatest professional boxers in history.”
Fury, 23, earned his chance at Paul when he was featured on the undercard of the first Woodley fight in Cleveland. He narrowly outpointed Anthony Taylor and looked less than stellar in his follow-up bout this April against Daniel Bocianski. The Brit is 8-0 with four knockouts so far in his young career.
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