After being announced in June, the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury fight scheduled for August 6 has been canceled.
Thanks to a US visa issue with boxer Fury, he is unable to compete with Paul in Madison Square Garden as originally planned. He had been given a Wednesday deadline to figure out his issues, but he couldn’t meet that deadline.
Fury released a statement on Instagram, addressing the cancellation of the fight.
“I am disgusted and disappointed with the issues I faced with entering the United States,” he said. “This is something that neither myself nor my team could have foreseen. This situation has been left to my lawyers as being denied entry to a country is obviously a very serious matter and it must be resolved by the following.
“I am convinced that this fight will take place when this problem is resolved and we reach a solution. I want to make it clear that I will fight in a neutral country that both sides can enter. It can be anytime, anywhere, anywhere.”
Earlier in July, Fury went into detail regarding the initial issues with travel to the United States. He arrived at London Heathrow Airport for a press conference but was told his electronic travel authorization system had been denied.
“I was pushed aside and told by Homeland Security that my ESTA had been denied and I was unable to travel to the United States for some reason that I apparently know.” Fury said on Instagram. “I can stand here and say I did absolutely nothing wrong and I have no idea why I’m not cleared to travel to the United States.”
At the time, in response, Paul claimed that Fury was trying to “get himself out” of the fight. “My team and my partners have clearly outlined the steps to resolve your latest excuse,” Paul tweeted. “Take them or admit you’re a scared little bitch.”
More recently, Paul said he and his team were giving up the fight and potentially considering other opponents.
“Tommy Fury is hiding,” he tweeted. “I asked my team to do a Hova and move on to the next one.”
According to recent reports, Hasim Rahman Jr., the son of former boxing champion Hasim Rahman, is a possible adversary.
Paul andofficially announced the news of the upcoming battle on social media on July 23.
Fury was supposed to be Paul’s opponent in his last fight, which was to take place in December. After suffering a broken rib, Fury was forced to retire and was replaced by former UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
This fight was a rematch of a previous contest between the two. Paul put an exclamation point in their second meeting, knocking out Woodley in spectacular fashion in the sixth round.
But since then – and before that – people have been begging Paul to fight a “real” boxer. So far, Paul has faced a mix of YouTubers and MMA veterans. As a promising 8-0 fighter, Fury was to be that “true” boxer and quite possibly would have posed Paul’s toughest test in the ring to date.
Who is Tommy Fury?
Fury is a young professional boxer with a famous last name. He is the half-brother of current heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. He is also famous in the UK for starring in Love Island, a reality TV show where contestants have to pair up to avoid elimination. The show is huge in the UK.
Who is Jacques-Paul?
You probably know Paul, the social media personality who first made it big on Vine before moving to every platform out there. He switched to boxing in recent years after fighting on the undercard of his brother Logan Paul’s viral boxing match with British YouTuber KSI. He showed a talent for boxing and has been fighting ever since.
Paul also moved on to the promotion, co-promoting a huge fight between Irishman Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano that was one of the greatest women’s boxing matches of all time.
Paul seems to have the public’s perception of his boxing career and posted a pretty conscious (and funny) TikTok about his upcoming fight with Fury.
you bullied me into this… not cool.
♬ original sound – Jake Paul