Tommy Fury wins grudge match against Jake Paul by split decision
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Tommy Fury has come out victorious against long-term rival Jake Paul in what was a true grudge boxing match.
At the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the pair finally fought it out after months of back and forth and two cancelled bouts, with Fury winning on points.
The first fight was originally scheduled for December 2021, but Fury withdrew due to medical reasons just a week beforehand.
A second date for August last year was also canned, as Fury claimed that visa issues prevented him from entering the US.
But while Fury was reason for the two previous cancellations, it is the Love Island star who has come out on top in Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of the fight, Fury's team had a pep talk from the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which involved a hilarious cameo from dad 'Big John Fury'.
In true Tyson fashion, he gave his brother's team a pep talk in the style of Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders, and fans well and truly loved it.
In a video posted on social media, Tyson shouted: "Right it's Tommy's fight day, there is no fighting.
"No fighting Hughie, no fighting James and no fighting Shane. And most of all no fighting John."
However, John wanted to be involved in this pep talk as he shouted back: "If someone gets in my face, I am knocking them out. I don't care I mean what I say."
After being jokingly interrupted, Tyson continued: "I don't care; it is Tommy's fights day let's keep it on our best behaviour. Let's show them over here how good we can be."
Before the already much anticipated fight, the stakes were raised even higher after the WBC announced that Paul would receive a cruiserweight world ranking if he were to come out victorious.
Obviously, that did not happen, so what will happen to Fury?
Well, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman did confirm to The Sun that Fury will also be ranked if he won.
So, with Fury winning the bout, it should mean he will earn a WBC ranking, but that doesn't exactly mean he can now contend for a world title.
To eligible for that kind of bout, Fury must be placed with the WBC's top 15 ratings, though that is guaranteed even with Fury's victory.
The WBC will now analyse the result and place Fury anywhere between from the top 40-15, which is dependent on the nature of performance.
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