Bob Arum admitted he doubted Tommy Fury would ever be an elite boxer, saying: “I could think of dozens of young lightweight who would beat him.”
YouTuber Jake Paul will put his undefeated record and reputation on the line against younger brother Tyson Fury on December 18 in Tampa, Florida.
The two have been teasing each other relentlessly since their unlikely feud erupted in the spring, but will finally let their fists do the talking later this month.
Veteran Gypsy King co-promoter Arum admits he doesn’t think Fury Jr has what it takes to dominate the weight division, but admitted he was hoping to see him beat Paul because of his brother. .
When asked if Tommy could come back from a loss to YouTuber, Arum told talkSPORT, “Who cares? We do not care?!
“I mean, we don’t know if Tommy Fury would ever be an elite boxer. I mean, I could think of dozens of young light heavyweights who would beat him.
“So, you know, I don’t care if he wins or loses. Because he’s Tyson Fury’s brother, I absolutely hope he wins. And I wish him the best. But if he loses, he loses.
Arum also referred to the influx of YouTubers into the sport and called them “circus acts” that tarnish his reputation.
“You know, I don’t think it really goes to the essence of the sport,” he added.
“Obviously, these are not elite fighters. It’s almost like circus acts. But again, if people are swayed to watch them, no one is putting a gun to anyone’s temple. And I think that’s neither good – nor bad – for the sport of boxing.
TalkSPORT co-host Simon Jordan admitted on Monday that he believes Tommy’s fight with Paul had done a disservice on Fury’s behalf.
“I would pay a lot easier to watch Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan than I would ever pay to watch that guts,” Jordan said.
“I think Tommy Fury fighting Jake Paul is doing a disservice on Fury’s behalf.”