Paul wants to take on the Love Island star but is not confident that Fury will beat MMA fighter Anthony Taylor when they clash next weekend in Cleveland
Jake Paul is determined to fight Tommy Fury – but doubts whether the Love Island star will beat Anthony Taylor.
Fury will make his American debut on the undercard of Paul’s fight with Tyron Woodley next weekend, facing off with Bellator MMA veteran Taylor.
And despite the fact Paul admits he is grooming Fury for a potential fight, the YouTube star-turned-boxer says he believes there will be an upset on August 29.
“I’m telling you, I think we could see an upset August 29,” Paul told Mirror Fighting . “Anthony is a dog, you know?
“Tommy’s not used to fighting guys with as much heart as Anthony has and that’s part of what I want to do here.
“Let’s see if Tommy is even as good as everyone thinks because he hasn’t even really fought tough competition, so I think this is an exciting fight.
“I’m so excited for this card because this is going to be so interesting, especially with that fight.”
Paul chose Taylor to be Fury’s first American opponent after sparring with the ex-Bellator star in the lead-up to his own fight with Woodley during his training camp in Puerto Rico.
The cocky California native is confident he will shock the world – and put an end to talks of a future bout between Paul and Fury.
But Paul has admitted he has brought his rival to America to gauge how successful a a pay-per-view bout between the two would be.
“I’ll be watching to see if he’s a good showman,” he added. “It’s not just the fight, it’s everything around the event.
“Can he be a showman on fight week? Does he go in there and put on a good performance or does he suck?
“And after the fight, how does the crowd react to the possibility of Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury? I have to listen to my followers.
“You have to have your ear to the streets when it comes to these fights and see what the people, my biggest fans, want.”
Paul also revealed there were plans to have Fury fight on his undercard when he took on Ben Askren in April.
“It was my idea to bring Tommy over,” Jake explained. “I’ve been trying to do that for a while, I even wanted him on the undercard of my fight with Ben Askren, but it wasn’t possible.
“We’ve finally made it happen and I want to see what this kid is made of; I want to see how he resonates with a US audience and put him a bigger platform.
“Let’s be honest, nobody’s ever bought a Tommy Fury pay-per-view, nobody tunes in and buys pay-per-views to watch Tommy Fury.
“Maybe people see that he won because he posts about it on Instagram, but nobody’s ever actually bought a Tommy Fury pay-per-view so I have to build him up.”