Sunday the 26th of February will be a day which will see one of boxing’s strangest rivalries come head to head in the form of Jake Paul & Tommy Fury. The pairing have somehow become rivals with Jake Paul making his intentions known that he wanted to fight the youngest brother of the Fury clan for some time. Two fights have fallen through in recent times due to injuries and visa immigration issues on behalf of Fury and very much a public war of words in the last two years.
However, Paul is seemingly overlooking Fury and states that he will become world champion one day. Ambitious words but anything is possible these days however the 26th of February will be a barometer for “The problem child”. Considering that Jake Paul is yet to fight a bonafide boxer as a professional fighter this will be a true yardstick as to how far Paul has developed since his escapades into professional boxing. It should be noted that Paul has seen two fights with Fury fall through along with a suspicious collapse of fight with Hassim Rahman Jr fall through at the last moment.
"I want to become a world champion. I'm going to become a world champion and these fights are all just stepping stones to get there. I'm slowly improving," Paul told Sky Sports News.
"I've sparred against world champions and done phenomenal against them, so who knows what can happen in two to three years from now when I go into my athletic prime? I'm starting to really, really get this sport and all aspects of it."
"It's really actually scary what could possibly happen. I think not only will I become a world champion, I think I will be a dominant world champion and knock someone out for the belt."
Jake Paul is also very frankly blunt on his prediction that his PPV encounter with Fury will end up while also defending his resume so far as a boxer.
"You can expect Fury face down on the canvas, unconscious and it's going to happen fast. Get your popcorn but don't blink.
"They hate on me beating Tyron Woodley, they hate on me beating Anderson Silva, not understanding that they are both 10 times better boxers than Tommy Fury.
"So the critics and the sheep who believe Jake Paul hasn't fought a real boxer, someone his age, they're technically right and this checks that off. So that's going to be fun to shut those people up.
Tommy Fury himself is in confident form himself predicting that he will end the fight early while also pouring cold water on Paul’s world champion ambitions.
"Because when you're solely confident in your own mind that you can dismantle this man and twice before things out of your complete control keep popping up, it is tough."
"He had two lucky escapes out of the fight the previous times and he should have taken them."
"Be careful what you wish for."
He scoffed at Paul's world championship dream. "That's like saying a pig's going to fly. I'm going to teach Jake Paul a lesson on February 26. I'm going to show that he can't just pick up a pair of gloves whenever you want and say, 'Oh I'm going to be a world champion'," Fury said.
"World champions are destined and world champions are born and he is definitely not a world champion. He's not a champion or anything of the sort in boxing and he's going to find that out on February 26."
"He's fought old men. 50-year-olds, 40-year-olds, wrestlers, NBA stars. He'll probably fight Tiger Woods after me," Fury added. "What can you make to that?"
"I'm the first [boxing] man he's come up against and he could have picked a little easier task for himself."
"I'm going to knock Jake Paul out, very early."