After their previous two bouts fell through due to injury and travel issues for Tommy Fury, Jake Paul, and Fury will finally dance in the ring in an eight-round 185-pound catchweight bout on February 26th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Both fighters enter the bout with unblemished “professional” boxing records with Paul coming in at 6-0 and Fury having gone 8-0. Sports Betting sites, including Sports Interaction, have unanimously pinned Jake Paul as the favorite once again, but it will be interesting how the former YouTuber fares against his toughest competition yet.
Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury Preview: Boxing Odds & Lines
- Jake Paul comes into the fight with a 6-0 “professional” boxing record
- Tommy Fury, brother of heavyweight champ Tyson Fury, looks to end Paul’s unbeaten streak
- Paul once again comes into the bout as the betting favorite
Paul vs. Fury Odds
Some may not like Paul’s antics in and outside the ring, but there’s no denying he’s a major draw in the boxing world right now. This is a marquee event for the boxing industry, so be sure to look out for betting bonuses to be offered by sportsbooks for this fight, because there are usually a lot of opportunities floating around when Paul steps into the ring.
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Jake Paul Odds
Since Paul entered the boxing realm in 2020, going from social media influencer to quasi-professional boxer, he has found nothing but success. Former UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley presented his first real challenge, but Paul was able to sneak by him in a split decision win. Then, after the first fight with Fury fell through, Paul took Woodley on again and knocked him out in the sixth round.
His toughest test to date came in his last scrap against former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who is considered by many to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time. The bout was yet another replacement for a failed Paul-Fury fight, and Paul was able to win a unanimous decision against Silva to run his record to 6-0 with four KOs.
The thing about Paul in this fight against Fury is that it’s his first against a properly trained boxer: Woodley and Ben Askren were never known for their striking in the octagon, and while Silva is one of the best strikers in UFC history, he was making his boxing debut at the age of 47 when he danced with Paul. Not exactly an impressive list of wins.
It’s also important to note that Silva was the only one who actually fought at 185 pounds, which is where this bout against Fury will take place. Silva stung Paul a couple of times, and the fact that for the first time Paul didn’t have a big weight advantage was definitely noticeable.
Paul has shown the ability to work the body on top of his highlight reel power punches, though he’s been known to take unnecessary risks in the ring. As the favorite he’s offering decent -167 betting odds, and bookmakers seem to believe that the most likely result of the fight will be a Paul win by decision, which is not a bad play at +175 odds on Sports Interaction.
Tommy Fury Odds
Fury, who is probably best known for his sojourn on the reality show “Love Island,” comes into the bout with a similarly impeccable boxing record at 8-0 with four KOs, but his resume is far from perfect. While he hasn’t been winning boxing matches against guys who are not boxers like Paul has, Fury’s hit list is nearly as unimpressive as his opponent at Diriyah Arena’s is.
He’s fought professional boxers, true, but none of the guys he’s gone up against have any quality performances to their names with the exception of Daniel Bocianski. There’s a reason this is the first time Fury will go into a bout as anything less than enormous -1200 odds chalk. Paul isn’t quite a professional boxer, but he’s probably the best fighter Fury has seen yet.
However, Fury does come from a rich boxing background, with several family members having plied their trade in the boxing ring, including his older half-brother Tyson Fury, who is currently the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The elder Fury has said that his little brother has hurt him during sparring sessions, and if you’ve seen a Tyson Fury fight, you know that is no small feat, especially for someone at 185 pounds.
While Tyson could just be blowing smoke up his brother’s behind, he definitely seems to believe Tommy can get the job done against Paul: he’s said (jokingly, hopefully) that if Paul beats his brother, Tommy should forget about returning home and just stay in the Saudi Arabian desert.
If you’re looking to put your money down on Fury, his +130 underdog odds look good, but even more enticing are his +275 odds to win by KO or TKO. Fury has never fought for more than four rounds, so if he beats Paul, it’s likely going to be before we get to the judges scorecards after eight frames.
Alex is a recent graduate of Ryerson's Sport Media program in 2019 and has been contributing to BettingTop10 since 2020. He has worked in the field of sports and sports betting for several years, including stops writing for theScore and daily fantasy sports website FantasyPros as one of the lead NBA news writers. A dedicated sports fan and experienced sports bettor, Alex has the knowledge to provide you with the best betting advice and the sneakiest props no matter what the sport may be.
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