Tommy Fury Beats YouTuber Jake Paul in Saudi Arabia
Tommy Fury defeated Jake Paul via split decision in Saudi Arabia – but it wasn’t without its drama and controversy.
Fury was the rightful winner in the end – with the judges calling the fight 76-73, 76-73, 74-75 in his favour – but with a point deduction and a knockdown against his name, it was far from plain sailing.
This fight between the British former Love Island contestant and an American who found fame through YouTube was the result of over two years of social media warfare that saw a clash culminate only at the third time of asking.
In the fight, TNT appeared the more stylish and composed fighter from the very first round. He had a clear style that was predicated on his left jab that Paul really struggled to work out.
Paul carries power and that seemed to have Fury’s respect. The first two rounds were quite easily Fury’s as he jabbed his way out of Paul’s sweet spot. Paul couldn’t get his overhand right, but in the third round he did enjoy more success when he stopped trying to knock out Fury like he promised and he tried to box with him.
In the fifth round, Paul was deducted a point for hitting Fury in the back of the head. Already 3-1 down on most scorecards, the YouTube star needed nothing less than a knockout from that point onwards. In the sixth round, the referee took a point of Fury for holding, giving Paul hope he is within touching distance once more. That gave Paul another lease of life, but Fury still had far greater class in the general exchanges.
The final round is where the controversy came and if the script earlier in the day was indeed fake, this wasn’t bad if someone conjured a new one.