The much anticipated Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury boxing match is dragging along at a snail’s pace. The fight seemed to have been made last but it was derailed after Fury had to pull out of the fight at the last minute due to a rib injury in December. The newest date for Paul vs Fury is August 6th.
Even though recent talks between the two have been promising, the entire debacle seems to have rubbed MMA analyst Ariel Helwani the wrong way. Responding to a video Fury posted to Twitter where he explained the latest delay in the fight, Helwani noted that the fight seemed to be the boxing version of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson. Infamously Khabib vs Tony was booked 5 times but never came to pass.
Former UFC fighter turned MMA and Wrestling analyst Chael Sonnen jumped on the issue and stated that the fight should have never been pursued. The people ought to let Fury have an easier time as the fight probably would have been delayed due to some other reason had it not been delayed by Fury. It now just felt mean-spirited according to Chael.
Chael tweets, “Please stop this game of chicken. If Paul offers to take the fight to the UK there will another reason that pops up. Let the guy slide. This never should have been perused. It’s mean-spirited and feels wrong even by my incredibly low standard.”
Now, this might be foreshadowing for the inevitable implosion of the Paul vs Fury fight but for the sake of the boxing world let’s hope not.
US authorities ban Fury from entering the country for Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury
The latest delay was due to travel issues with Fury’s team who were unable to make it to the USA for a press conference. He intended to go to the United States on Monday to attend the first pre-fight news conference, but he was prevented at Heathrow Airport in London, which he stated in an Instagram video.
He tells fans, ” Me and my team arrived at Heathrow Airport ready to fly out and as soon as I entered the airport I was pulled to one side and told by a Homeland Security officer that my ESTA had been denied and that I wasn’t able to travel to the USA for a reason I apparently know.”
Fury continues saying, “I can stand here and say I have done nothing wrong and I have no clue why I’m not allowed to travel to the USA. I’ve been training for a fight this whole time and that’s all I’ve been doing. I have no clue why I’m not allowed to travel and neither does my team or my lawyers.”
Most Valuable Promotions, which Paul owns, reported that Fury was allowed to enter the United States last month and that they were guaranteed that Tommy would be allowed to travel to the United States and were astounded to learn of Fury’s troubles.