Tommy Fury out, Tyron Woodley in on Dec. 18.
The highly anticipated grudge match between YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul and light heavyweight Tommy Fury is now off, with Paul announcing the news Monday morning. Instead, Paul will turn to a rematch with Tyron Woodley, whom he defeated via split decision in August.
Fury made his U.S. debut on the Paul-Woodley undercard in August and was gearing up for a battle with Paul after a harsh war of words in recent months. Now, he’ll have to wait for his shot.
Paul, undefeated, last defeated former MMA fighter Woodley in August, his highest-profile fight to date.
Here’s what happened:
Why did Tommy Fury pull out of the Jake Paul fight?
On Dec. 6, Jake Paul announced that Fury pulled out of their upcoming Dec. 18 fight because of a “medical issue.” Paul took to Twitter to announce the news.
(Editor’s note: Video contains NSFW language.)
“It is official: Tommy Fury is boxing’s biggest b—,” Paul said Monday. “He has pulled out of the fight — the Furys have pulled out of the fight due to a medical condition. Who knows what the f— is going on in that camp.”
The details of the “medical issue” referenced by Paul, and cited in other reports, are unclear.
The news of Fury pulling out of the fight came in the wake of promoter Frank Warren saying he had come down with a bit of a “cold” a few weeks ago.
“Tommy had a little bit of a cold but hopefully he is going to be OK,” Warren said recently. “We are up in Morecambe so hopefully we will know more then, but he is up for it and he wants to fight.”
Fury and Paul have been feuding in recent months, leading to their fight being inked and set for a Dec. 18 showdown. Paul, instead, turns his sights on a rematch with Woodley. The first fight went to Paul in a split-decision victory, keeping him undefeated in his pro career.
Fury, also undefeated, last defeated Anthony Taylor on the Paul-Woodley undercard in August. The bout was signed and sealed on Oct. 29, but will have to be delivered at a later date.
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