Love it or hate it, but a new date for the fight between professional boxer Tommy Fury and YouTube star Jake Paul has been announced. It's now set to take place on August 6th at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The fight between Fury and Paul was originally planned to take place in December 2021 but the British fighter was forced to withdraw because of an alleged chest infection and broken rib which he suffered during training.
There had been a lot of anticipation in the run up to that fight not least because of the heated exchanges between the two fighters on social media.
Fury, for example, previously said he only took the fight to make money and that a victory would have given him "no credit in the boxing world".
This time appears to be no different as Tommy’s older brother – the current yet retired heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury – also gotten involved.
In a move to build up anticipation for the upcoming bout, Tyson Fury got a British crowd during his After Party tour to chant 'Jake Paul is a 'p----' and uploaded the short clip on social media.
The YouTube star, whilst officially registered as a professional boxer and holding an undefeated status, continuous to divide opinion as to whether active professional boxers and MMA fighters should be getting into the ring with Paul. It does appear that the pressure not to do so may be coming more from the presidents and CEO's that lead some of the world's fighting organisations rather than from the fighters themselves.
For example, UFC president Dana White has said publicly on numerous occasions that he doesn't want his contracted fighters to fight Paul but this may be for personal reasons, too. It's well known White is not a fan of the Youtube star and has been mocked up publicly by Paul on numerous occasions for his alleged dependence on substances.
MMA star Nick Diaz has one fight left on his contract with the UFC and has said that if he is not offered new fights, he will instead leave the organisation and challenge Jake Paul to a professional boxing match even though Diaz has not fought a single boxing match in his life.
It's up for discussion whether professional athletes' interest to take on the challenge to fight Paul for sportive reasons or whether it's because of a lucrative pay check at the end of their career before they retire. It's said that Tyron Woodley, the former UFC star who fought and lost to Paul twice in a boxing match, made millions doing so.
Whatever the world thinks, Tommy Fury and Jake Paul will be squaring off on August 6th. What's on the line?