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Tommy Fury will be forced to legally change his name to a ridiculous moniker if he loses his hotly anticipated boxing bout against Jake Paul next month.
That's according to the Mancunian fighter's father John, who says the American Paul insisted on placing a series of bizarre demands in the contract between the two parties.
Fury and Paul will finally settle their long-running feud in the ring on December 18, with the Briton travelling to Florida for the grudge match.
As an out-and-out boxer, losing to the YouTuber would be embarrassing enough for Fury – but it could be even worse for him if he is forced to comply with some ridiculous clauses in the contract.
John Fury said Paul's team had been "awkward" and insisted on adding in some strange stipulations.
"The contract has been bizarre. If I was going to go through what they’ve put in the contract, we’d be here all day," Fury Snr told BT Sport.
"I've said yes to everything; yes, yes, yes, yes, do what you’ve got to do because I know Jake Paul can’t beat Tommy no matter what he does."
An excerpt from their contract shows one of the more strange conditions – if he loses, 22-year-old Fury will be forced to change his name by deed poll to "Tommy Fumbles".
"If Fury is declared the winner of the Bout, Paul hereby agrees to pay Fury Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) directly from Paul’s purse as an additional fighter bonus," it reads.
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"However, if Paul is declared the winner of the Bout, Fury hereby agrees to (i) commence, within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of the Bout, an application process with the Royal Courts of Justice in the United Kingdom to obtain a deed poll legally changing Fury’s name to “Tommy Fumbles,” (ii) change, within twenty four (24) hours of the Bout, all of his social media accounts to reflect the name “Tommy Fumbles:, and (iii) immediately after the Bout utilise the name “Tommy Fumbles” in all forms of media."
Both fighters have undefeated records as professionals, with Paul winning each of his four fights so far and Fury boasting a record of 7-0 with four knockouts.
The Briton should be Paul's toughest test to date, though, as he is yet to actually face a genuine boxer in the ring.
A fellow YouTuber, a basketball professional and two MMA fighters have so far been defeated, but facing an out-and-out boxer will be the American's first true test of his ability.
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Meanwhile, a loss to Paul would be disastrous to Fury's career prospects – as well as suffering the indignity of that name change, losing a professional bout to a YouTuber would seriously harm his chances of being taken seriously in the boxing world.
But his dad John believes it should be an easy victory for his son.
"Tommy knows he’s up against a stacked deck, but he should still beat Jake Paul at a canter," John said. "And if he can’t, there’s no way in the boxing world for him.
"It’s make or break, for both men, but it’ll hit Tommy harder because Tommy’s supposed to be a professional boxer.
"Tommy will work hard, he’ll do what he’s gotta do. Has Tommy got the skill to beat him? Yes. Has he got the power to knock him out? Yes.
"All it is with Tommy – he’s young, can he handle the big occasion on the night? But I’m sure he’s thought about it many times before and he’s got the king of the ring in his corner.
"Tyson’s gonna be in his corner that night. I think Tyson’s flying out there in a few weeks to help him out. Whatever desire he’s missing, Tyson will put there, I’m sure of that."
- Tommy Fury
- Jake Paul
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