Tommy Fury has a fresh chance to secure his fight with Jake Paul now that the YouTube star has signed with Showtime Boxing, according to promoter Frank Warren.
The 5-0 Love Island star had been in discussions with Paul’s former promoters Triller Fight Club, but the fledgling promotion weren’t keen on the match-up, which would be a massive step up for the American.
But there is fresh hope for the highly anticipated fight to take place after Paul announced last week that he had signed with Showtime Boxing, a more traditional platform with whom Warren has put together before.
Speaking in his BT Sport column, Queensberry Promotions boss Warren said: “We were talking to Triller about making the fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury but basically, they didn’t want it!
“They said maybe in around four or five fights time and all this rubbish. But now Paul’s left Triller and gone to Showtime so we’re going to reach out to them and see what we can do.”
Fury and Paul engaged in a bitter war of words last week, which included Tommy’s brother and world heavyweight champion Tyson and even dragged in the Brit’s girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague when the American accused her of sending him a DM (direct message).
However, Molly-Mae has denied that she ever sent the message, and laughed off Paul’s allegation.
Fury also drafted in his brother and basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal to make a fresh callout video while in Miami, which Paul branded ‘desperate’.
It doesn’t appear that they’ll be fighting each other next, with Fury reportedly returning to the ring against winless Andy Bishop on the undercard of Daniel Dubois’ fight with Bogdan Dinu on June 5 in Telford.
Paul is expected to announce his first fight under the Showtime banner within the coming weeks as coach BJ Flores is set to join him in Puerto Rico, where brother Logan is preparing for his upcoming exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather.
It seems unlikely that he will face Fury, with former UFC fighter Vitor Belfort emerging as a potential adversary, as well as his long-time rival Dillon Danis, who is signed to fellow Showtime brand Bellator MMA.
Talking to ESPN last month, Paul said that he was more concerned about Fury’s drawing power than his boxing ability, claiming that “No one has ever watched any of his fights.”
“The only reason people know of him is because of me, he started talking about me and his brother called me out on his behalf.
“No one has ever watched a Tommy Fury pay-per-view so no one knows if he will do numbers at the box office.
“His [promoter Frank Warren] went on TV and said send the contract, 50/50 and I was like, get out of here with that.
“This guy only has a name and has articles written about him because of me and you’re asking for 50/50… take it somewhere else.”