Tyson Fury is responsible for the multi-million pound boxing match between his brother Tommy and Jake Paul.
A tweet from the Gypsy King in March caught Paul’s attention after Tommy went 5-0.
The end of the social media post read: “@jakepaul where are you?”
The YouTuber then hit back and claimed that he had no knowledge of who Tommy was, despite his appearance on the reality TV show Love Island in 2019.
He said: “I get to the bottom of the tweet and he is calling me to fight someone, and the tweet is about his brother.
“Oh, I didn’t even know he had a brother. Then he’s calling me to fight his brother, and I’m like, ‘Brother, what’s going on here?’
“I didn’t know Tyson Fury had a brother? I love Tyson Fury.
“I don’t want to beef with Tyson Fury, but damn, if Tyson Fury took the form of a s***, it would be his little brother.
“He’s really like this little kid. Here’s my point. You’re Tyson Fury’s little brother. If you want to fight me, don’t let your big brother do the **** for you.”
“Log in to Instagram or Twitter and call me yours, bro. What’s going on in this boxing world?”
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Tommy, who didn’t know that Fury would call Jake, then responded and quickly the video was being exchanged between the two.
This included Paul accusing Fury’s girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague of messaging him in 2018, while the British light-heavyweight mocked the American for wearing a blonde wig.
Shortly after verbal jabs, Paul, 24, defeated retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37, 3-0 in his career.
This led to a knockout win over YouTube rival ‘AnEsonGib’ and ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37.
In June, 22-year-old Tommy went 6-0, while it was announced that Paul would fight ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley, 39, in August.
Previously, Tommy was regarded as a rival, but his profile statesside was not considered large enough.
Instead, Paul will have his opponent’s fight on his undercard, against a sparring partner of his 32-year-old Anthony Taylor.
Tommy, who signed a two-fight deal with US network Showtime, won on points, while Paul did the same – putting him on course for a grudge match.
And the rivalry reached new heights when the pair came face to face backstage, leading to a scuffle between their teams.
Tommy later said: “There was a moment in that corridor where everything was going on between security, my team, their team and it was just me and him.
“I saw the dead in his soul. When the cameras aren’t around, he doesn’t want to know.
“Let’s be honest, if he really wanted to fight me, I would have been through the ropes at the end in that ring, let’s go, there’s no return.
“But he didn’t want that and that’s why he didn’t want me in the ring because if I was going to be there, he couldn’t hold back.”
The conversation officially begins
After some time the conversation started between the two, but on seeing it, there was a scuffle between the two.
Tommy admits that he declined two fight offers, believing he was being let down.
So Paul publicly raised the deal to $1 million, with what SunSport considers to be an additional pay-per-view bonus.
But Tommy responded: “To everyone, $1 million for a fight of this magnitude isn’t even worth getting out of bed, this fight is going to cost millions and millions of pounds.
“I can’t walk down the street without asking someone when you’re fighting Jake Paul, so unless you want to make a serious offer and put it on the table, we can’t think of fighting dude.” “
a new Hope
Paul’s advisor Nakisa Bidarian told SunSport: “It’s an incredible offering.
“Most UFC champions get that as a guaranteed base. It’s ridiculous for them to say it’s not worth getting out of bed.”
But hope was not lost and was back on the negotiating table again, with a deal coming closer.
Tommy’s promoter Frank Warren even said that the terms for the fight were being finalized by the end of the year.
rabbit cage told ifl tv: “Hopefully we finish it this week and we can move on. It will be at the end of November, December.”
Paul has remained silent ever since, a sign that a settlement may be imminent, while Tommy seemed confident.
Before Fury’s trilogy victory over Deontay Wilder, he said at the BT box office: “Things are looking good.
“I can’t say much because I leave it to my lawyers. But things are looking good, stay tuned.”
And whether purists and traditional boxing fans like it or not, many will keep watching, and will likely contribute to the PPV’s blockbuster success.