Jake Paul will officially be competing a third time in 2021 as it was announced that he will be fighting fellow prospect Tommy Fury on December 18.
“The Problem Child” has graduated to facing bonafide pugilists. On Friday afternoon it was announced that a fight between social media sensation Jake Paul would be taken on undefeated prospect Tommy Fury on December 18 in Tampa, Florida. ESPN was first to report the news.
It’s official. Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury is set for Dec. 18 in Tampa, Florida. A boxing bout contested at 192 pounds and contracted for eight, three-minute rounds. More coming to @ESPNRingside pic.twitter.com/MUvkrms0Cr
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 29, 2021
Paul (3-0) has spent the last twelve months building himself up as public enemy number one to mixed martial arts, with a pair of victories over the likes of former champions Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren following up his viral knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson. Following a successful career as an actor and digital content creator, Paul is credited with being the catalyst for the latest trend in showcase bouts receiving widespread attention as both older fighters and other entertainment personalities alike have cashed in on entering the ring in the months since his lucrative bout with Askren in April.
Fury (7-0) is an up-and-coming prospect who became a crossover star after appearing on the highly popular reality dating show Love Island where he met his partner Molly-Mae Hague. He is also the half-brother of current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. A professional boxer since 2018, “TNT” has finished five of his seven bouts and in August defeated Paul’s training partner Anthony Taylor on the undercard of Paul’s bout with Woodley. Notably, Fury is six feet tall and competes at 180 pounds which makes him bigger than all of Paul’s previous opponents.
The bout is scheduled to take place at the Amelie Arena in Tampa, Florida. No bouts for the undercard were announced, although ESPN reports that featherweight champion Amanda Serrano is expected to be the co-headliner.