Eddie Hearn has waded in on the upcoming fight between Tommy Fury and YouTube star Jake Paul, saying that it would be “embarrassing” for the younger half-sibling of Tyson Fury to lose to the American internet personality.
The two are set to clash in Tampa, Florida on December 18 after months of trash talk. The American Paul has been chasing this bout for a long time and wants to make a statement in the ring after launching his professional career. He is currently unbeaten in four fights, with his most recent coming by a split decision against Tyron Woodley in August.
Fury, who fought on the undercard of their fight, is also undefeated and currently boasts seven victories after a points decision triumph over Anthony Taylor.
But Hearn, the Chairman of Matchroom Sport, admits he has not seen much of the British fighter so far, but from what he has seen he has not been too impressed with the calibre of some of his opponents.
Speaking to The Sportsman, Hearn explained: “I’ve only watched Tommy Fury once in a UK show, beating a guy that I could’ve beaten, and then I watched that last fight. Logic and hope would tell you that a professional boxer, who boxed for a living and was also Tyson Fury’s brother and has boxed all his life, should never lose to Jake Paul.”
The boxing promoter went on to give the US YouTuber a semblance of praise on his ability in the ring while adding pressure onto Fury’s shoulders.
“Jake Paul is not horrific, there’s a lot of pro fighters worse than Jake Paul, I’ve seen them, I’ve had a lot of them on my shows. But it’s just the most embarrassing thing if he [Fury] loses that fight,” he added.
“I feel like that fight is a lot bigger in the UK than it is in America. No one knows who Tommy Fury is in America. I don’t actually think it’ll do great business there but it’s going to do good business in the UK.”
The 42-year-old went on to mention the risky move the American has made with this bout, but he made it clear what Fury should do if he comes out on top.
He said: “It’s a ballsy move by Jake Paul because if he beats him, he’s really made a statement. But if Tommy Fury loses, he’s got to change his name or something. He shouldn’t change his name, he should just go to a desert island somewhere and just stay there because it will just be the most embarrassing thing.”
For all the scrutiny over the growing number of internet stars stepping into the boxing circuit, Hearn is looking forward to this particular clash because of its unpredictability.
“I guess it’s entertainment, isn’t it? At least it’s a fight where you don’t really know what’s going to happen. I don’t mind Jake Paul and what he’s doing. He’s taking it seriously, he’s training, putting the sparring in.
“I always thought Jake Paul and Conor McGregor would be a decent fight, it’s just the weight difference.”
The compliments kept coming for Paul as Hearn highlighted his intelligence. The American fighter has also founded his own promotion company, Most Valuable Promotions, and signed up with them is Puerto Rican boxer Amanda Serrano.
“Jake Paul is very bright. He’s a showman, he’s a great self-promoter, but he’s intelligent. He knows how to build an audience, he knows how to deliver content,” said Hearn.
“And it’s not just him, but other people on the Most Valuable Promotions team.”
Paul and his team have been pushing for Serrano to get a highly anticipated bout with Katie Taylor, and Hearn knows why.
“The reason that they want to make Serrano against Taylor is because it’s the biggest fight of all time in women’s boxing. So he wants to be able to say ‘we did that’, that fight happened because of Jake Paul.
“And he wants to get as much money for Amanda Serrano as possible and say ‘we got her the most money that she’s ever had.’”