Jake Paul goads Tommy Fury over putting new surname at stake in boxing clash

YouTube star turned boxer Jake Paul has told rival Tommy Fury he should change his surname to 'Mae' if he loses their upcoming fight later this month.

Paul and Fury are set to finally face off in Saudi Arabia on February 26, having previously been scheduled to fight twice before. And Paul has taken yet another shot at his rival ahead of the fight, tweeting: "Tommy Fury is going to have to change his last name to Mae in 14 days".

The new surname suggestion is in reference to Fury's partner, Molly-Mae Hague, who he met on popular ITV dating show Love Island and recently gave birth to the couple's first child. Paul previously attempted to make a bizarre name-change bet with Fury when they were first scheduled to fight back in December 2021.

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Paul offered Fury an extra $500,000 if he won the bout, but told his rival he would have to change his name to 'Tommy Fumbles' for a year if he lost. However, the bet was never agreed, with Fury later saying after the fight was cancelled when he suffered a chest infection and broken rib that the proposed agreement was a "child's contract".

Speaking to MMA Fighting in January last year, Fury said: "It was like looking at a child's contract, but I said 'ok no problem, put the half a million in an account so that when I win, straight over no games'."

"But did he want to do it? No. So I thought 'hold a minute, if you're not doing this, you think I'm gonna change my name?' Not that it would have happened anyway, but business is business.

"I would have done that no problem because I ain't losing this fight, I'll just take another half a million off you. Jake Paul says a lot of things for the public.

"He said that just to get the public going, but when behind closed doors between managements I was game for it and said put the money up in an account, he didn't want to do it."

Fury's brother, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, is set to be in his corner for the bout and has threatened to leave Tommy in Saudi Arabia if he does not win. Speaking to talkSPORT, Fury said: "It's going to be fun and I expect Tommy to chin him, if he doesn't he can stay in Saudi Arabia."


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