Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will finally settle their long-publicised feud in Saudi Arabia this weekend as the pair meet in what promises to be an enthralling 185-pound catchweight contest.
The fight, almost two years in the waiting, will determine whether Paul does in fact possess the skillset to seriously challenge within the professional ranks and whether Fury’s world title aspirations are genuine or pie in the sky.
The younger brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Tommy (13/10 to win the fight) has long spoke of his ambitions of following in his sibling’s gigantic footsteps and reaching the summit of the sport.
Victory on Sunday would go some way to backing up those claims, but defeat in the Middle East would not only serve quell those hopes, but, far more significantly, could even spell the end of the 23-year-old's boxing career.
Tyson has suggested that a first loss of Tommy's career at the hands of the social influencer would prove catastrophic to his younger brother’s hopes of emulating his achievements, even joking that he would have to stay in Saudi Arabia and forge a new career for himself as a personal trainer to Cristiano Ronaldo - such would be the embarrassment to the fabled Fury name.
Despite boasting an undefeated record since turning professional in 2018, and having nurtured his boxing skills under the watchful eye of dad John Fury and his esteemed elder brother, Fury’s in-ring credentials have been questioned by many.
There his no doubt he looked more accomplished during his maiden outings than in any of his recent three bouts, having laboured to points successes against the likes of Daniel Bocianski, Anthony Taylor and Jordan Grant after delivering stoppage successes in four of his first five professional outings.
His old foe Paul on the other hand - a fighter who initially rose to prominence as a Disney actor and YouTuber - heads into Sunday night's dust-up as the 8/13 favourite, despite only having turned his hand to combat sports less than three years ago.
Regardless of your opinion of him, there is no denying the Cleveland native has taken his transformation from YouTuber to fighter incredibly seriously.
Whilst he may not yet have stepped inside the ropes with a bona-fide boxer, he has claimed a couple of notable scalps since his 2020 boxing bow - including a devastating knockout of former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and a creditable points victory over fellow MMA great Anderson Silva.
The American undoubtedly trumps Fury in terms of their respective social media standings, but the English fighter will be determined to deliver a destructive victory to ensure there can be no disputing who the more accomplished 'boxer' is come Sunday evening.
Jake Paul v Tommy Fury
Tale of the Tape
|Jake Paul||Tommy Fury|
|Nickname:||The Problem Child||TNT|
|Height:||6ft 1ins||6ft 0ins|
|Twitter Following:||4.5 million||314k|
|Instagram Following:||22 million||4.5 million|