Tommy Fury secured a split-decision victory over Jake Paul, surprising many, in their recent bout held in Saudi Arabia.

Jake Paul’s first fight against a true boxer didn’t go as planned.

Jake Paul suffered his first career loss on Sunday night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the hands of Tommy Fury. The YouTuber-turned-boxer lost in a split decision in the eight-round bout despite knocking Fury down in the final round. Paul claimed he got sick twice during training and injured his arm, but didn’t make any excuses for his performance.

“But I lost. I’m not making excuses,” Paul said. “I’m just saying it wasn’t my best performance. I fell flat.”

Fury had a slight edge throughout most of the fight, and though Paul landed some great punches of his own, Fury landed nearly double the number of punches that Paul did. Both fighters had a point deducted in the later rounds for seemingly hitting the other in the back of the head.

It was in the eighth round, however, when Paul bounced back and made his move after a slow seventh. Paul came out early with a left-handed jab that sent Fury stumbling back and down to the mat briefly — which marked the first and only knockdown of the bout.

“That wasn’t a knockdown, that was a slip,” Fury said. “That was genuinely a slip. I got up … I came right back into it.”

Fury didn’t seem too fazed by the knockdown and came out firing to close out the fight, landing several blows of his own to keep the advantage and grab the split-decision win. Fury threw almost double the amount of punches than Paul did in the fight, and landed 88 compared to just 49 from Paul.

Fury’s jab was key for him

“All the way through these 2 1/2 years, I had a dream, I had a vision that I would win this fight, and no one believed me,” an emotional Fury said in the ring after his win. “Now I can stand up and everybody can take note. In my first main event, at 23 years old, I had the world on me. I had pressure on my shoulders, and I came through.”

Despite the fight being Paul’s biggest to date, some have criticized him for not having fought a real boxer until now. Fury is a real boxer, but he has not faced many formidable opponents. Fury said he is open to a rematch if Paul wants it.

In the end, Paul lost to the best fighter he has faced in his career, and it remains to be seen if he will bounce back from this defeat.


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