Tommy Fury’s grudge match with Jake Paul is being negotiated and his promoter Frank Warren says “I think it’s going to happen.”
The younger brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and YouTuber-turned-boxer started their feud in a series of social media feuds that turned into challenges to settle him in the ring.
“We are sorting out the contracts at the moment,” Fury promoter Warren told Sky Sports.
“Until they’re signed, we know it doesn’t mean anything.
“If that happens, it will be in the United States.
“I think it’s going to happen. We’re close to doing it.”
Fury recently won his United States debut on the undercard in Paul’s best win yet, against former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
They were embroiled in a furious backstage showdown when their paths crossed.
Fury’s older brother, the heavyweight champion, weighed in on this rivalry by claiming he would have Tommy quit from boxing if he failed to beat Paul.
This prompted Paul to raise the stake – he offered a bet that if he lost he would pay Fury $ 500,000 more, but if Fury lost he would have to change his name to “Tommy Fumbles” for a year.
Warren joked, “Part of the deal is we have to decide what the other guy needs to change his name to!”
“It will have to be reproduced.”
Paul has won all four of his fights since trading the online world for the boxing ring.
Fury, who rose to fame on Love Island, has been undefeated for seven years.
“They are both novices,” Warren said. “Tommy had seven fights, the other guy four.
“Tommy has a lot to learn. He has to learn his trade. His last amateur fight was when he was 15.
“But if he can earn the money he would earn from this fight? Who am I to stand in the way? It’s life changing.
“What Jake did was phenomenal. He was able to monetize it.
“The place was hit [when Fury and Paul boxed on the same night]. The crowd arrived at 7 p.m. and watched each fight.
“We had Daniel Dubois on the show.
“It’s pretty amazing.”
Warren predicted of Fury vs. Paul, “It’ll be really fun, press conferences and everything. They’re both witty guys.
“The fight itself? I think Tommy is too much for him.
“Let’s get him signed and we’ll find out.”
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October 16 – Top Rank in San Diego
Emanuel Navarette vs. Joet Gonzalez – WBO featherweight title
October 16 – BOXXER in Newcastle
Savannah Marshall vs Lolita Muzeya – WBO Middleweight Title
Hughie Fury vs. Christian Hammer
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Wanik Awidjan
October 24 – Top Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs. Shakur Stevenson – WBO Super Featherweight Title
October 31 – Best ranking in New York
José Zepeda vs. José Vargas
November 6 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO Super Feather Titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs. Olanrewaju Durodola
Professional debut of Caroline Dubois
November 20 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs. Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – Best ranking in Las Vegas
Vassili Lomachenko vs. Richard Commey
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC lightweight titles
December 18 – Best ranking in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight title