There was a lot of pressure on Tommy Fury to pull out an impressive performance against Anthony Taylor on the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley undercard. Get a highlight reel knockout, and the British reality show star could have been on his way to fighting Jake Paul next — a red panty night for sure.
Unfortunately, Fury was unable to put the much smaller and less experienced Taylor away in the four rounds they fought. Still, the younger half brother of Tyson Fury did earn 40-36 scores on all three judges’ scorecards. Was it enough to convince Jake Paul a fight between the two would make bank? That’s unclear, but Fury called Paul out anyway.
“I feel good, it was a good performance,” Fury said in the ring after his win. “Don’t forget everybody, I only had 10 amateur fights. I flew all the way over here, my dad wasn’t able to be with me tonight. I feel like I’ve achieved a lot coming out in my six fights with you lovely people. Thank you all for coming and big up Cleveland!”
Fury’s pitch to Jake Paul was a bit odd.
“Jake Paul should have an easy night on that night, aye?” he suggested. “So he’s got no excuse in not taking the fight. Let’s get it on, Jake Paul. I’ve done my bit, you do your bit tonight, and let’s get it on.”
“I mean, it should be easy enough for him, like I said. I went four rounds with his sparring partner. Jump in the ring. It should be no test at all.”
Fury played it humbler later in the interview, and made it clear that he had a long way to go before being able to live up to the fame his Love Island appearance and relation to Tyson Fury had granted him.
Honest opinion of Tommy Fury. Wasn’t very good! Looks the part, but can tell he is still very raw. This performance makes his chances to fight Paul better. He isn’t very scary, maybe he will be but not as of now.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 30, 2021
“I’m a seven fight novice in this game,” Fury said. “I’ve got everything to work on. I’m nowhere near a finished athlete here today. But we learn in boxing every day. I’m thankful I’m standing here healthy talking to you guys and thank you all for having me, I really appreciate it.”
“I’m learning, day by day, second by second, fight by fight. We’re learning, and we’re gonna get there. We’re gonna get there slowly, but we’re gonna get there surely. Dad, Molly, I wish you could be here tonight but that was for you. We’re learning, we’re building, we’re going to keep winning. And hopefully you can be here next time.”
Fury has one fight left on his two fight deal with Showtime. Whether that second fight will be against Jake Paul as originally intended ... well, we’ll have to see about that. Given the crowd’s less than positive reaction to the Fury vs. Taylor fight, we have our doubts.
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