Boxing News: Tommy Fury has sent out a ‘Want it?’ message. Jake Paul continues to be linked to a long-rumored confrontation with the YouTuber-turned-boxer, with the message “Come get it.”
Fury, who fights Daniel Bocianksi (10-1) on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s world title defence against Dillian Whyte on Saturday, was supposed to fight Paul in December but had to pull out due to a bacterial chest infection and a damaged rib two weeks before the fight.
After that, Paul battled Tyron Woodley again, winning by knockout in the sixth round in a rematch with the former UFC Welterweight champion.
In terms of a rescheduled encounter, the 22-year-old has now thrown the ball in Paul’s court, insisting that his emphasis is on the more “credible” task posed by his forthcoming Wembley opponent.
“I don’t know where he’s at in his mind – but all I can think about is Saturday night. First he doesn’t want to fight me, then he sees me as a potential opponent, then he wants to see me get a knockout to get the fight started.
“First he doesn’t want to fight me, then I’m a potential opponent, then he wants to see me get a knockout to get the fight on, I don’t know where he’s up to in his mind – but in my mind, all I’m thinking about is Saturday night.
“It’s as simple as that when it comes to Jake Paul: don’t mention my name unless you want to fight.
“I’m not hard to find, get in contact, let’s set it all up and let’s get on with it. I’m not even going to get into that right now, my mindset is on Saturday night.
“I’ve got a lot more credible opponent that I’m facing Saturday night than I would have in facing Jake Paul.”
Fury returns to the ring for the first time since defeating Anthony Taylor by majority decision last August to improve to 7-0 in professional fights.
Apart from Paul, his ongoing improvement has resulted in the emergence of more potential opponents, one of which is undefeated cruiserweight Viddal Riley.
“I don’t really care who it is, I’ve got a good team around me, that’s what a team is for, to pick and guide fights,” said Fury.
“I’m sure my dad and everybody around me on my team is going to pick the right fights for me.
“I don’t have any say in opponents, I just train, turn up on the day, turn up on weight and fight.”
Fury admits if it were up to him he would be back in the ring on a monthly basis, but says “we all know that isn’t going to happen”.
He explains to Sky Sports that his ideal plan would be to fight “three or four” times in 2022.
This weekend, a European-record 94,000 people will fill Wembley Stadium, and while Fury will be part of a historic night of British boxing, he has no illusions about where he is in his early career or where he can go.
“I feel like I’ve improved in the gym by leaps and bounds day by day,” he added. “It’s just a matter of taking it nice and steady, having the right fights at the right time, and building progressively.”
“I’m 22 years old, with only seven professional fights and ten amateur fights under my belt; there’s not a lot to work with, but we’re making it work.
“Saturday night will be just another step in the right direction, and you’ll see a new and improved Tommy Fury.
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