Jake Paul Says He's Open to Fighting Tommy Fury After Hasim Rahman Jr.

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2022

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Jake Paul said he hasn't closed the door on fighting Tommy Fury despite a second straight cancellation.

Fury was forced to pull out of their originally scheduled bout in December because of injury. They were then slated to face off in August, but Fury's inability to secure a travel visa led Paul to change his opponent to Hasim Rahman Jr. on short notice.

"I'm considering [fighting Fury] after Aug. 6, but I want to fight at Madison Square Garden, and the show must go on whether or not Tommy Fury's in the arena," Paul told TMZ Sports in an interview released Friday. "I don't wait for people. I don't need to wait around. I have a responsibility to my fans to put on shows."

Paul isn't sure Fury is actually interested in the long-awaited showdown, though.

The YouTube star told TMZ his team made an effort to help the British boxer sort through the visa issues but didn't receive a response.

"I don't buy it," Paul said. "I had multiple people hit me up that said, 'I can get him in. I have connections to people at the embassy. We'll get him his visa, no problem.' And I DM'ed Tommy and he just went into hiding."

Their matchup carried a lot of intrigue because they both own undefeated records (Fury 8-0, Paul 5-0), though they took different routes early in their pro careers. A head-to-head clash could have shown who has more staying power in the fight game.

Paul has focused on made-for-social-media events, beating fellow YouTuber Ali “AnEsonGib” Al-Fakri, former NBA player Nate Robinson and former MMA fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.

Fury has focused on a more traditional route, taking down a series of lesser-known classically trained boxers, most recently beating Daniel Bocianski in April.

Meanwhile, Paul must prepare for Rahman, the son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.

The 31-year-old Baltimore native is coming off his first pro loss, a knockout defeat at the hands of James McKenzie Morrison in April. He entered that fight with a 12-0 career record.

Paul said his manager, Nakisa Bidarian, and brother, Logan Paul, both cautioned him against taking on Rahman with only a month to prepare.

"And I was just like, 'Yo, I'm built different.' I really want to do this," Paul told TMZ. "I want to prove to the world that I can knock out a professional boxer no matter how good he, or she is, or anyone. I'll knock out anyone."

The Aug. 6 battle will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


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