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Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will attract plenty of betting interest for this month’s long-awaited grudge match in Saudi Arabia.
Fury was originally a slight favourite when the pair were first scheduled to face off in December 2021, but withdrew from the fight because of a medical issue.
A rearranged clash, set for last August, was then called off after some of Fury’s camp were denied entry to the United States.
They will try to make it third time lucky and the Englishman is now the underdog, but we’re sticking with him to win at 5/4 for our main Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury prediction.
Jake Paul Odds
Older brother Logan Paul paved the way for YouTube sensation Jake’s foray into the fight game with two high-profile bouts against British celebrity KSI.
The 24-year-old Jake stopped KSI’s sibling Deji Olatunji on the undercard of their first encounter, in what was classed as an amateur contest.
After 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.
A rematch with Woodley was hastily put together after Fury’s withdrawal 14 months ago and Paul this time posted a sixth-round knockout.
Ex-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was comfortably outpointed in Arizona last October to extend the unbeaten record to six.
The stage was set for this next bout when Paul and Fury faced off at the Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde fight, when we correctly tipped the champion to win in round eight at 11/1.
Cleveland-born Paul said: “He is a good boxer, I give him that credit. He is fast, he has got length and is strong.
“But there’s nothing he can do to stop me. He doesn’t have power. He couldn’t knock Daniel Bocianski, or knock out the taxi drivers he has been put in there with.
“He has never been put in there with someone who wasn’t there to lose.”
The American is 10/1, but we remain convinced that his opponent has the skills to control this contest
Despite his TNT nickname, Fury is not an explosive puncher but should be technically correct enough to prevail on points at 9/2.
Tommy Fury Odds
Fury’s initial claim to fame was simply being the brother of ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson, who holds the WBC heavyweight title.
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 received mixed reviews over a couple of four-round points wins, before outscoring Daniel Bocianski over six in April last year.
However, those workmanlike displays may have given Paul a false sense of security and tempted him to bite off more than he can chew.
Fury, who has just celebrated the birth of his first child Bambi, said: “I am in boxing and have goals to be a world champion, so if I am to do that, I can’t be dodging people like Jake Paul.
“I’m in super-fit condition and I am ready to go and put this all to bed.
“For the last two-and-a-half years, all it has been is, ‘when are you fighting Jake Paul?’
“To even mention my name in the same sentence as that is disrespectful to me, who has been boxing my whole life. I am going to clinically knock this guy out early.
“The world is about to see what happens when a proper boxer faces a YouTuber.”
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 10/11 for the fight to go the full distance to our Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury betting tips.
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