Tommy Fury has been accused of pulling out of the Jake Paul fight as a result of his partying lifestyle.
The fight world was intrigued as Tommy Fury, half-brother of Tyson, signed along the dotted line to fight YouTuber Jake Paul, who boasts a 4-0 record in his professional boxing career to date.
Fury would have been the first fighter from a boxing background to share the ring with Paul, were he not to have pulled out of the bout on medical grounds with just 12 days until it was due to be held.
The former Love Island star took to Instagram to reveal that he suffered a broken rib during sparring, with his body having been fighting off a nasty bacterial infection at the time.
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It sounds like as good of an excuse as you can get not to partake in a blockbuster boxing match, but those in Paul’s corner are not entirely convinced by Tommy’s reasoning for the pullout.
Anthony Taylor, Paul’s sparring partner who fought Fury on the undercard of Paul vs Woodley, said during an interview with Betway that he believes Fury is merely unfit as a result of his partying habits:
“The real reason he’s out of this fight isn’t because of some injury, it’s because of his physical conditioning. He was so busy partying with his brother after Tyson won that fight, that he’s now in no good condition to fight.”
“Tommy also originally thought was fighting in February, so he’s now in no condition to fight.”
Fury will likely be frustrated, should his excuses actually hold up, that his name is being dragged through the mud. That’s the nature of the fight game, though. Slanderous claims without evidence are commonplace.
The Brit will no doubt have one eye on Paul vs Woodley II, which will now be held on December 18th instead, with a view to arranging a 2022 bout with the social media sensation.