Tommy Fury has admitted he's constantly reminded about withdrawing from his fight with Jake Paul last December.
After months of verbal sparring, the pair finally agreed to square off in Florida on December 18. The build-up was predictably tempestuous, with Fury being trained by older brother Tyson, and Paul also using his sibling, Logan Paul, to help him prepare.
However, less than two weeks before the bout, Love Island star Fury, 22, announced he was withdrawing due to a bacterial chest infection and a broken rib. A furious Paul, 25, reacted by labelling the Englishman "boxing's biggest b****," adding "he was scared and the pressure got to him."
In Fury's place, ex-UFC star Tyron Woodley stepped up to face 'The Problem Child', in a bid to gain revenge for his narrow points defeat when the pair met in August. However, it was the YouTuber who again prevailed, KO'ing his fellow American with a powerful right hand to take his pro-record to 5-0.
Fury himself returned to action on the undercard of Tyson's win over Dillian Whyte on April 23, out-pointing Daniel Bocianski to take his own record to 8-0. And now he's admitted he's still plagued by the fact he's yet to settle his feud with Paul.
"Jake Paul – it’s become the bane of my life. I just want it all over," he told The Sun. "Wherever I go people ask me the same question, 'When are you fighting Jake Paul'”
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"And honestly this is not my fault – I’m ready to go, I’m ready to do it, it should have been done in December and everyone is still talking about it but my career is as a boxer – I’m not here to fight Youtubers."
Paul's eventual bout with Woodley proved disappointing in terms of PPV ratings, but Fury thinks the outside interest in their feud would make for a "huge" occasion.: "The only reason we are still entertaining this is because it is a huge fight and it needs to be done because so many people are talking about," he added.
For his part, Paul has confirmed when he'll again grace a ring, although is yet to give any clues over his opponent. He took to social media on Sunday to post a clip featuring the date of the fight and a ring announcer's voice, along with the caption: "I'm back. August 13th."
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