TYSON FURY boasted Tommy Fury could beat Jake Paul even “with broken ribs” and an illness before the heavyweight’s little brother withdrew from the lucrative bout due to the injury.
The 22-year-old today announced he was pulling out of his highly anticipated fight with YouTuber Paul. The pair were due to settle a long-running online feud in Tampa, Florida on December 18, before Fury announced he was struggling with a bacterial chest infection and a broken rib. The boxer, who is the younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to be pulling out through fitness issues, and was hoping for a rescheduled date next year.
In the meantime, Paul announced he would instead face MMA star Tyron Woodley, who he beat by split decision in August.
The Fury family are notoriously outspoken, and the build-up to Fury and Paul’s fight had been fraught with tension.
Comments by Tyson, talking up the toughness of his younger brother, have been circulating on social media since Fury pulled out of the bout.
Speaking to Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions channel, in a clip re-shared by Paul, Tyson said: “Tommy could have his worst night ever and still beat Jake Paul.
“He could probably turn up with broken ribs, a broken left hand, two left feet, his clothes on back-to-front and with the flu and still beat Jake Paul.
“That’s how confident I am in him beating Jake Paul.”
Fury had been training with Tyson and his trainer SugarHill Steward for the Paul fight.
The lucrative bout had come under much criticism with both Paul and Fury having novice records.
The UK boxer, who has just seven professional victories in his career, had previously said that he only took the fight to make money and that a victory would have given him “no credit in the boxing world”.
Fury, who also had little amateur pedigree with just 12 fights before he turned pro, propelled to stardom on the reality TV series Love Island and has since established a perfect record in the paid ranks.
Paul has a professional record of four wins, against social media celebrity AnEsonGib, former NBA star Nate Robinson and MMA fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.
In a statement released today, Fury said: “I am absolutely heartbroken that I have been forced to withdraw from my fight with Jake Paul due to a bacterial chest infection and broken rib.
“The beginning of my camp was going so incredibly and I never expected anything to come in my way from victory on December 18.
“I can’t express how disappointed I am and I really do hope we can get this fight rescheduled in the new year, I want this fight to still happen more than anything.
“I’m now regretfully putting my focus on recovery and a further reschedule date.”
Paul confirmed on social media that Fury had pulled out of the fight before the specifics of the British boxer’s injuries were revealed.
The social media star then unleashed a foul-mouthed attack on the boxer, labelling him the sport’s “biggest b****”.
Paul said: “It is official, Tommy Fury is boxing’s biggest b****.
“He has pulled out of the fight, the Furys have pulled out of the fight due to a medical condition.
“Who knows what the f*** is going on in that camp ‒ I think he has a bad case of puss-itis.”
Paul added: “I’ve fought with a broken nose, I’ve fought sick, get the f*** over it, this is boxing.
“It’s official, he was scared. I think the pressure got to him, the s*** talk got to him.”