After months of anticipation, the long-running feud between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury was finally put to an end on Sunday night at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia.
Tommy Fury ended up defeating the famous YouTuber Jake Paul, who has 20 million subscribers, in a split decision after the grudge match went the full eight rounds. This fight had been scheduled for a while but was cancelled twice, resulting in Tom Fury receiving a lot of criticism and taunts that he was avoiding the YouTuber-turned-boxer.
Fury, still eager to follow in his brother Tyson’s footsteps and win a world title, was knocked down and had to be helped to his feet in the final round, but by then, he had already done enough to score a split decision from the judges. It was the common consensus among boxing fans that he had won the fight, and the split decision was questioned by the majority of boxing analysts.
According to Sports Zion, Paul earned £2.6 million for this fight as well as receiving 65% of the pay-per-view earnings from the bout. His earnings, including sponsorship money, are reported to come to about £7.1 million. Jake Paul posted a video online, though, suggesting he made significantly more. Showing mixed emotions about the outcome on Sunday night.
Jake Paul still made $30 Million despite losing to Tommy Fury pic.twitter.com/IvNI9gZ43S
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) February 27, 2023
Tommy Fury was also handsomely paid, and there is a range of reports suggesting he made somewhere between $3-5 million for this fight, but the true number remains unknown.
Heavyweight king Tyson Fury, also Tommy’s half-brother, ignited a battle that had persisted on social media for two years before Sunday’s fight.
During the first weekend of March 2021, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez knocked out Anvi Yildirim, and Fury proudly announced that his knockout victory against Scott Williams, broadcast on BT Sport, had beaten Canelo and DAZN in the rating battle that same night.
It would appear that Fury had been deceived by the numbers, but his statement was enough to get the ball rolling for a future fight.
Jake Paul, obviously watching the fight, took to social media to take a seemingly random dig at Tommy Fury. He said he had no idea Fury had a sibling.
Continuing, he said, “I like Tyson Fury, and I don’t want beef with Tyson Fury, but damn, if Tyson Fury took a s**t, it would be this little brother; he’s truly like this little kid.” Paul also said that Tommy should stop allowing his brother to do his fighting for him.
In a bizarre retort, Fury mocked Paul—who was preparing for a fight that April against former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ben Askren—by wearing a blonde wig and speaking with a funny American accent.
After previously stopping popular YouTuber AnEsonGib and NBA player Nate Robinson, Paul would fight and defeat the skilled wrestler and former welterweight champion in one round to improve his boxing record to 3-0. In the wake, Fury boasted about being “ready to give the people what they want” and deal with “The Problem Child.”
The banter went on, leading to two failed attempts to bring the battle to the ring. Now that Sunday has come and gone, this fight is currently the biggest fight of the year and looks unlikely to be surpassed.
After the match, Jake Paul was asked about the possibility of competing against KSI. A man who defeated his brother a few years ago. He, however, stated that he is more focused on a rematch, and it appears the appetite is still there from both fighters, so this should hopefully happen sooner than later.