A long-awaited showdown between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury appears to finalised.
Prominent MMA journalist, Ariel Helwani tweeted on Tuesday that the fight is a “done deal” for February 25.
Paul and Fury have twice been scheduled to face each other in December 2021 and August 2022 respectively, but it seems to be third time lucky for the rivals who are set to finally meet in Saudi Arabia, according to SunSport.
Just last week, Paul who is undefeated in six professional fights, offered to fight the Brit in his hometown of Manchester on February 18.
“I have done everything in my power to make the fight happen against this 8-0 boxer, including offering to go to Manchester for February 18 in partnership with Frank and George Warren,” the 26-year-old told Mirror Fighting.
“I’m looking at any other alternative to make this fight work.”
Paul was ringside in Dubai in November to witness Fury’s exhibition with Rolly Lambert before he was confronted by both Tommy and his father John demanding that the American agreed to a bout.
A clash with Tommy, the younger brother of WBC heavyweight world champion, Tyson would dispel criticism that ‘The Problem Child’ is yet to face a genuine boxer, having mainly competed against former UFC fighters, with his last fight a win over former UFC great, Anderson Silva in October.
Fury has won eight straight professional fights, his last a points win over Daniel Bocianski at Wembley Stadium in April.
The 23-year-old’s promoter Frank Warren recently stated to IFLTV talks were progressing and they were close to finding an agreement.
The former Love Island pulled out of a first scheduled date through illness and injury and a rescheduled meeting after he was denied entry to the USA.
Fury responded to Paul’s offer to fight him in Manchester by claiming that he would be willing to face the social media sensation for free.
“I’m seeing Jake Paul’s s*** all over the internet,” he said on Instagram.
All that dancing Tommy and Papa Johns did in Dubai…and to this day they continue dance.
I will come to your land, to your backyard, to your house. But of course you won’t be home. Son and pappy are all show but no shows. https://t.co/QwbGLY2Pf0
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 6, 2023
“You offered Paddy Pimblett £1million to spar, you offered Tyson £1million bet about some b******* or other… but you don’t want to pay me much more to have a fight.
“Well I’ll go one better than that, as it’s gone past money for me now, I’m not bothered. I’ll fight you for free in Manchester or London next month, not a problem.
“So let’s see how game you are.
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“Promoters are getting nothing, me and you get nothing. All proceeds will go to charity. I just want to fight you and put an end to you. Because all this money and everything has gone on too long. I just want to fight you now.
“Manchester or London, next month. We get nothing, all proceeds to charity. Take it or leave it.”