Update: Fury handed Paul his first loss by split decision (76-73, 76-73, 75-74)
YouTuber Jake Paul faces off against Tommy Fury in a cruiserweight bout from the Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia this Sunday, February 26. The two will meet after an initial September 2021 fight was postponed as Top Rank PPV/ESPN+ will stream the showdown.
The fight is scheduled for eight rounds and the main card gets started at 2 p.m. ET. Ring walks are expected around 5 p.m. ET, depending on the length of fights ahead on the card.
Top Rank PPV/ESPN+ will have the fight for purchase at $49.99. Paul-Fury is going to be broadcasted on ESPN+ — meaning you’ll need a subscription in order to watch the event. You can subscribe to ESPN+ on the ESPN website, where a monthly subscription for $5.99, or get the ESPN/Disney/Hulu bundle for $13.99 per month. Once you’ve got a valid login, you can watch the bout with WatchESPN or on the ESPN app.
Paul (6-0, 4 KO) is a trending content creator who has scored viral knockout wins versus the likes of Nate Robinson, Ben Askren, and Tyron Woodley. His last time in the ring was October 29, winning a unanimous decision over Anderson Silva. Paul is facing his first true test and is looking to earn a win over a full-time fighter to obtain a WBC world ranking.
Fury (8-0, 4 KO) is attempting to emerge from the shadow of his older brother Tyson, who is currently the WBC heavyweight champion. He is also at the beginning of his career and so far only squared off with a number of low-rank fighters. This will be his first appearance in the ring since April 23, 2022, where he won by points over Daniel Bocianski in a contest that was scheduled for six rounds. The 23-year-old has yet to fight past six rounds and will have his first marquee matchup in Paul.
We’ll be providing live updates throughout the fight with round-by-round scoring until a winner is determined.
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury round-by-round results
Round 1: Fury, 10-9
The bout started slow, with both fighters living in the clench for the first ninety seconds. Fury settled in nicely with some jabs while hitting some combos at the end to steal the round.
Round 2: Fury, 10-9 (20-18)
Fury has looked like the more confident fighter through the first two rounds. He’s been able to keep Paul at a distance with his jab and he was able to land some power shots. On the other hand, Paul was able to hit some shots when he was able to close the distance.
Round 3: Paul, 10-9 (28-29)
The third round was a toss-up, but we’ll give the slight edge to Paul, who was able to unlock some offense with the use of his jab. Both fighters were able to land punches at different points in the round.
Round 4: Fury, 10-9 (39-37)
Fury came out with, well, fury in the fourth round. He was the more aggressive boxer despite eating some punches later in the round.
Round 5: Paul, 9-9 (46-48)
In a controversial call, Paul had a point deducted for hitting Fury in the back of the head. However, Paul was able to salvage the round with some strong rights that staggered Fury.
Round 6: Fury, 9-9 (57-55)
The referee giveth and taketh away. Fury, who won another close round, had a point deducted a round after Paul did. It’s a close fight, but Fury has been the better boxer so far.
Round 7: Fury, 10-9 (67-64)
In the seventh round, the boxing bout turned into a wrestling match. Between the clenching, Fury was able to land more punches and a couple of decent combos. Fury suffered a cut due to an accidental headbutt.
Round 8: Paul, 10-8 (74-75)
Paul scored a clutch but controversial knockdown at the start of the final round which could prove to be the difference as the bout goes to the judges’ cards.