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What next for Tommy Fury and Jake Paul?

Despite their relative inexperience in the ring, the Tommy Fury v Jake Paul fight was arguably one of the most talked about fights over the last 12 months.

That was probably to do more with their fame from outside of boxing, Fury being a former star of Love Island and Paul as a YouTube sensation, but they delivered an entertaining eight-round clash in Saudi Arabia.

It was the Briton who is the professional though and his overall experience told, as the 23-year-old eventually won on a split decision.

Many purists have their concerns about ‘celebrities’ getting into boxing, but one thing that can’t be denied is the interest that they bring to the sport.

Fury looks to build on 9-0 record

Victory on Sunday night saw Fury extend his unbeaten record to nine-fights and he was the busier fighter throughout the contest.

He did get knocked down in the final round, but he’d already done enough to win the fight and he will now look to build his career from here.

The 23-year-old said afterwards: “For the past two years this is all that has consumed my life. Everybody thought I was running scared but tonight I made my own legacy.”

Fury went on to add: “This is my first main event, I am going to get bigger and better and if he wants a rematch, bring it on.”

The brother of heavyweight champion Tyson would obviously make a lot of money from a rematch with Paul, but he will have to be advised as to what would be best for his career in the long term.

Fury is capable of fighting at both light-heavyweight and cruiserweight and it remains to be seen which weight class he might focus on, either way his next decision could be crucial.

Another boxing-YouTuber, KSI, has been talked about as the next potential opponent for the unbeaten Mancunian.

Meanwhile, Marsellos Wilder - the brother of heavyweight star Deontay Wilder - is another potential rival waiting in the wings.

Paul can continue to draw the crowds

Sunday’s defeat was Paul’s first loss in seven fights, but this was his only clash to date with a professional boxer - with his previous bouts against MMA fighters and a former basketball player.

Many pundits expected the American to be soundly beaten, but the 26-year-old put up a better show than most people thought was possible.

Paul has suggested that he will make his MMA debut later this year, but it’s unlikely that will be the end of his boxing career.

He has already targeted comments at Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and former super-middleweight Carl Froch, but a fight against either looks unlikely.

Paul, who is now 26, said: " I don't know if I agree with the judges, it is what it is but that is the boxing world.”

He added: “I have won in every single way already in life. I have made it further than I ever thought. I'll take it on the chin but we can run it back.”

The stars turn out for Paul and Fury

The critics may question the quality of the boxing on show, but there was no doubting the spectacle of the event itself.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mike Tyson were amongst the crowd in Riyadh, while a number of big entertainment names were watching at home.

Music star Drake was among those, with the Canadian rapper revealing that he had a large bet on Paul to win by KO.

The amount of interest in the fight will likely see the promoters get together to organise a re-match between the pair in the future.

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