Jake Paul and WBC and WBO featherweight champion Amanda Serrano have their opponents for their main event double card on August 6 at Madison Square Garden.
Paul will fight Tommy Fury and Serrano will have a mandatory title defense against Brenda Carabajal.
Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to fight Fury for his final bout in December before Fury pulled out of the fight due to injury. Now, instead of battling in Tampa, they will face off in New York.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to say yes to another potential match against Tommy after he pulled out of our game last year,” Paul said via press release Thursday. “But in the end, knocking out a Fury was too appealing to pass up.”
Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, will be the first boxer Paul has faced in his career after his first five fights against mixed martial arts fighters, YouTube celebrities and l former NBA basketball player Nate. Robinson. Fury also has a history in reality TV, having appeared on UK show Love Island.
“The Paul brothers’ boxing charade is about to end once and for all,” Fury said. “I’m a boxer. My opponent plays boxing. Jake Paul was dressed to look like a boxer against retirees from other sports. On August 6, I’ll show the world that he doesn’t belong on the ring.”
The fight looked under threat again in recent days, according to Paul on his social media accounts, but he announced the fight Thursday morning.
“Okay folks he grew a set overnight,” Paul wrote on Instagram. “It’s official, I’m removing this little Fury’s head.”
Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York, will fight at featherweight for the first time since August, when she defeated Yamileth Mercado by unanimous decision. It’s the first fight for Serrano since her split decision loss to Katie Taylor at MSG on April 30 – a fight that sold out the Garden and was considered the best fight in women’s boxing history. It was Serrano’s first loss in just over a decade.
I will defend my WBC/WBO/IBO against my Mandatory Brenda Carabajal
— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosisters) June 23, 2022
After two fights at lightweight — a win over Miriam Gutierrez and the loss to Taylor — Serrano will be back at the weight where she has multiple titles.
Carabajal, 31 (18-5-1, 9 KO), from Argentina, last fought in May, when she defeated Debora Anahi Dionicius by majority decision for the interim WBO title. She has already lost attempts to win the IBF featherweight title against Sarah Mahfoud in 2020 and fought twice for the WBO lightweight title losing to Rose Volante in 2017 and Yohana Belen Alfonzo in 2016. She has never been stopped in his career.
The press conference for the fight will be on Wednesday.