Jake Paul suffered the first loss of his boxing record on Sunday night, losing a close split decision to Tommy Fury in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Two judges scored the fight 76-73 Fury while a third had it 75-74 Paul.
MMA Mania scored the fight 77-73 for Tommy Fury. Read our full turn-based combat analysis or watch the highlights here.
Immediately after the fight, a slightly giddy Jake Paul seemed to waver between accepting defeat and challenging the results.
“All respect to Tommy, he’s earned,” he said during an in-ring interview with Radio Rahim. “And don’t judge me by my wins, judge me by my losses. I’ll be back. I think we deserve this rematch. It was a great fight, a close fight. I don’t know if I agree with the judges. I got a 10-8 round twice. So…it is what it is, but that’s boxing.
“And look, I’ve already won in life, I’ve already won. I won in every way. I have an incredible family, incredible friends, an incredible work ethic. I went further than I ever imagined, and beyond. So it’s definitely a humbling experience, I’ll take it on the chin, get back to the gym and we can take it back. Because I think we put on an amazing show for the fans tonight.
When asked what he thought of his performance, Paul shrugged.
“Honestly, I felt flat,” he said. “I fell very ill twice in this camp. Hurt my arm. So it wasn’t my best performance. But I lost. I’m not looking for excuses. I’m just saying it wasn’t my best performance. I felt a little flat. And like I said, we’re gonna come back and get that W. Don’t judge me by my wins, judge me by my losses. I will come back stronger.
As for a rematch against Tommy Fury?
“100% let’s resume,” he said.
Tommy Fury’s post-fight speech was much more moving and inspiring.
“For two and a half years, that’s all that has consumed my life,” he said, holding back tears. “Broken rib, access denied [to the U.S.], and everyone thought I was running scared. Tonight, I built my own legacy. I am Tommy Fury.
“Throughout these two and a half years, I had a dream, I had a vision that I would win this fight, and nobody believed me. Now I can stand up and everyone can. take note. At the first main event, at 23, I had the world on me, I had the pressure on my shoulders and I pulled it off.
Fury also agreed to a rematch.
“100%, this is my first Main Event, I’m only going to go harder,” he said. “I’m only going to get bigger and I’m only going to get better. There’s a lot of nerfs coming in here, I’ve overlooked it. If he wants a rematch, bring it.
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