Tommy Fury is only interested in a fight against Jake Paul and not the war of words being waged through interviews and social media.
As their fight draws near on Sunday, Fury has heard Paul call him every name in the book and even go as far as revealing that he and his longtime girlfriend had their baby prior to the couple actually having the opportunity to make a formal announcement. Despite all that, Fury promises that his fight against Paul is just business as usual no matter how much the 26-year-old YouTube celebrity wants to turn this into some sort of bad blood grudge match.
“No mater what he does or says, he cannot make this fight personal, because he doesn’t understand my skin.” Fury stated to MMA Fighting. “I have been involved in boxing for a while and I have seen many people that don’t speak a word but would decimate you in 30 seconds. You should not be afraid of people who don’t speak a word.
” The loudest people in the room tend to be the most insecure. This is especially true in Jake Paul’s case .”
According to Fury the true measure of a man’s worth isn’t measured behind a microphone or keyboard but what happens when they are forced to prove their point.
He got his first true read on Paul when they came face-to-face in the ring as their upcoming fight on Feb. 26 was being announced. It was during that staredown when Fury says he realized that Paul was a whole lot of bark and not much bite at all.
“I’ve seen him face to face the other night in London and I looked into his eyes and he was either looking past me or on the floor,” Fury said. Fury said, “The man couldn’t see in my eyes. I have seen a s*** dog before.
“The guy can’t fight, he is what he is. He can make comments if he wishes, but for me all of this is business. It’s strictly business and it’s just another man in the opposite corner whose getting knocked out.”
Fury made a very confident prediction about the fight.
” It won’t get past four [rounds],” Fury stated. It won’t surprise us if the fight is over within one to two minutes. Interview me afterwards and ask me if I was surprised that it ended so early. Because the moment I touch him in the head or body, it is over. It’s that simple.
“That’s the prediction. As soon as I catch him with the first clean shot, it will be over.”
As far as any animosity carrying over after the fight is done, Fury promises he’s not holding onto a grudge right now so it’s tough to imagine he’s going to be seething with anger afterwards.
He is not afraid to say ahead of time that Paul will be glad to shake his hand, but Fury will continue to make every effort to bring down his opponent until then.
” Fury stated that there was nothing to be left behind for him. Fury said, “Sticks or stones can break my bones, but names won’t hurt me.” That’s it. At the end of the day, he is what he is. I don’t know the man personally. The only thing we have done is exchange a few words on social media. This fight for me is business, that’s it. Jake Paul’s not underneath my skin where I don’t want to shake his hand.
“When I knock him out and when we’ve had the fight, yeah, I’ll shake his hand. It’s not an issue and then I’ll move onto the next. I will hurt the man in the ring until then. I am surprised that he isn’t more concerned about his health. Because the beating that I’m going to put on him is going to be very bad for him. But once the fight is done, I’m moving on with my career.”
Truth be told for all the attention being paid to the fight, Fury isn’t sold that a win over Paul will really do all that much for his career outside of adding another win to his resume and a few more zeroes to his bank account.
Once Sunday is over, Fury will gladly put Paul in his rearview mirror with hopes that he’ll then be able to move onto bigger and better competition.
” I’ll be 9-0 by the end of today,” Fury stated. Fury said, “Once he has recovered from the cold, everyone will talk about it for at least the next week.” But guess what? I knocked out a YouTuber. Everyone expected that I would. It’s no big great shakes.
“This is not the WBC World Title. I’ve knocked out an idiot who needed to be knocked out. That’s it. It’s a big event but it’s not a big fight.”