Venue: Amalie Arena
TV: BT Sport Box Office
Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will attract plenty of betting interest for their mid-December grudge match at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
YouTube sensation Paul has been a big box-office hit in his fledgling fight career but now faces a real test of his talent against the younger brother of heavyweight champ Tyson Fury.
This should be a straightforward win for the Englishman in our book and 4/6 he prevails is rated an early Christmas present in our Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury predictions.
Jake Paul’s Odds
Older brother Logan Paul paved the way for Jake’s foray into the fight game with two high-profile bouts against British celebrity KSI.
The 24-year-old stopped KSI’s sibling Deji Olatunji on the undercard of their first encounter, in what was classed as an amateur contest.
Since stepping into the pro arena, Paul knocked out fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and then basketball player Nate Robinson.
He enjoyed another quick victory versus former MMA fighter Ben Askren before outpointing ex-UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in his most recent outing.
Paul stated: “Tommy claims to have been doing this his whole life, but he hasn’t worked as hard as me.
“I see a green guy who hasn’t sparred enough times and has only been put in there against opponents who were meant to lose.
“This is his first real test where his opponent isn’t some guy who is just going to flop over. He has no idea what he is getting himself into.
“It’s his first time under the big lights and he’s going to crack under pressure – I will TKO him.”
Despite his nickname, Fury is not an explosive puncher but should be technically correct enough to cruise through.
Tommy Fury’s Odds
Fury’s initial claim to fame was simply being the brother of ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson, who holds the WBC heavyweight title after an epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder.
The 22-year-old began his boxing career with a couple of low-key victories before taking time out to star in reality TV show Love Island.
With his profile raised even further by finishing runner-up alongside partner Molly-Mae Hague, Fury returned to the ring with ambitions of upholding family honour.
Following three quick knockouts, Fury has received mixed reviews over a couple of four-round points wins, most recently on the undercard of Paul versus Woodley in Cleveland at the end of August.
However, those workmanlike displays may have given Paul a false sense of security and tempted him to bite off more than he can chew.
“This is an easy fight for me – a real easy fight,” insisted Fury. “I’ve been doing this job since I was seven years old.
“He’s not a boxer and he’s going to see that when we fight. I will end his boxing career. There’s no more Jake Paul after we fight – that’s it.”
This will be Fury’s first scheduled eight-round bout, though, and he may look to keep things steady in order to make sure he doesn’t tire late on.
Let’s add Evens for the fight to go the full distance to our Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury betting tips.
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