The December 18th grudge match between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury is off, per reports emerging on Monday morning.
An initial report online from Twitter personality Keemstar stated that Fury has suffered an undisclosed injury in training, with combat sports writer Chisanga Malata confirming from sources soon after the report was accurate.
I’ve had it confirmed the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury fight is off, folks.
Fury is out with an injury. pic.twitter.com/D9a6HSckln
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) December 6, 2021
The fight was due to take place in under two weeks time in Florida but online reports indicated that Fury, who is the brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson, had been suffering from a cold, and had also been conspicuously absent from videos recently posted to social media hyping the contest.
Tommy Fury has pulled out of the fight due to a “medical condition” and Tyron Woodley is stepping in for December 18th for the official rematch. pic.twitter.com/t1OFVQQBBt
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) December 6, 2021
The Mirror indicates that former UFC champion Tyron Woodley will step in to rematch Paul after losing a split decision to the YouTuber-turned-boxer in August.
News of Fury’s withdrawal will come as a disappointment to many, with Fury thought to have been the sternest test of his developing prizefighting career, as well as being the first man he would have faced with significant boxing experience.
Instead, and if reports are accurate, Paul will engage in a sequel with Woodley following their contentious showdown several months ago. The former UFC 170-pound champion saw success in several sections of the fight but was widely criticised in some circles for what seemed to be a reluctance to exchange punches with the novice former Disney star.