The on-again, off-again fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury is just days away from finally taking place.
The grudge match between the YouTuber and former Love Island contestant has become something of a circus, with multiple cancellations turning their rivalry into nothing more than a war of words.
Fury – brother of world champion Tyson – was a boxer before entering the Love Island villa and has an 8-0 record, while Paul has won all six of his bouts since taking up professional boxing.
Here is everything you need to know about the fight, and how to watch it in the UK.
When is the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury fight?
Paul vs Fury is set to take place on Sunday 26 February in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The fight is being billed as “The Truth”.
The undercard is set to get underway at 7pm GMT, with ring walks for the main event expected to start at around 10pm GMT.
These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
The fight will be broadcast exclusively on BT Sport Box Office, which is Sky channel 494, and also available through the BT Sport app. It is likely to cost £19.95, in line with previous BT Sport offerings.
How did the pair become rivals?
Paul and Fury were originally set to fight in December 2021, but Fury had to pull out after breaking a rib in training.
They were then scheduled to fight in the US last year, but Fury was stopped from boarding his plane from Heathrow to the States because his Esta – which allows people to travel to the US for short visits – was denied.
Rather than scrapping in the ring, the pair have instead exchanged frequent insults on social media.
The rivalry kicked off when Paul claimed Fury’s partner, Molly Mae Hague, had DMd him on Instagram, saying: “Might be coming to America later this year and have always been a fan of your videos. Maybe you can show me around?!” The message was accompanied with a white heart emoji and a face licking its lips emoji. However, the screenshot was proven to be fake, as the white heart emoji had not been released at the time of the supposed message.
Paul recently took a jibe at Fury following the birth of his first child, commenting on Hague’s Instagram post announcing the birth: “Just in time to see your dad knocked out.”
Fury did not show up to a pre-fight press conference in Riyadh earlier this month.
Fury’s promoter, George Warren, spoke on his behalf at the press conference, saying: “Everything we are hearing from camp is that he is looking excellent in the gym. He sends his apologies for not being here in person, he is dealing with a private and personal matter at the moment. Make no mistake, he will be here in due time to publicise and promote the event. We are planning to bring him in around 10 days before the event.”
Paul responded: “I’m used to his behaviour at this point, he’s unprofessional and he’s a flake. He’s not a serious businessman or a serious fighter and I’m going to prove that.
“It’s why this fight is called, ‘The Truth’, because the truth is going to come out. He’s going to have to pay for all of the times he’s pulled out. All the business people he screwed over, it’s disrespectful. There’s some of the biggest names in boxing, the biggest promoters and most influential people in the world. One of the greatest countries in the world and he doesn’t want to show up because of a ‘private matter’. We all have private matters.
“When you sign up to do something, you make a commitment, that’s what it should be about. It just shows me he’s scared because he said he didn’t need to train for this fight. Meanwhile, his first excuse was that he needed to train extra, but now it’s a private matter. I love Tyson but it’s typical from the dad and Tommy.”
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