Former UFC fighter confirmed as backup for Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury clash

Jake Paul and Tommy Fury (Image credit: Getty Images)
Jake Paul and Tommy Fury (Image credit: Getty Images)

With Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury being made official, doubts surround the upcoming matchup as their scheduled bout has fallen through twice prior. Still, a precautionary backup fighter has now been put in place to ensure the event goes ahead.

'TNT' has twice pulled out of his proposed brawl with the social media influencer due to a number of reasons, but fans are hoping it's a case of "third time's a charm."

As stated by Jake Paul, former UFC welterweight contender Mike Perry will be ready to step in and compete should Tommy Fury pull out of the bout.

🗣️ @jakepaul confirms in the London presser that @PlatinumPerry is back up incase Tommy Fury doesn’t make Saudi… LOVE THAT 💥

Mike Perry made a name for himself in mixed martial arts for his ability to out-grit opponents on the feet and score sensational knockout victories. The controversial 170lber spent five years with the UFC before moving on and finding success in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

During his time in BKFC, 'Platinum' has bested both Julian Lane and fan-favorite Michael 'Venom' Page, likely setting him up for a title fight against two-division champion Luis Palomino.

Perry has been calling for his shot against the YouTuber-turned-boxer for some time and now finds himself in a prime position to fulfill his wish should Tommy Fury fail to make it to fight night.

Jake Paul is ready to put it all on the line and test himself against legitimate boxers as he begins shaping a respectable career in the sport, building on wins over former MMA champions Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren.

When is Jake Paul fighting Tommy Fury?

Although it looked as if the fight would never come to fruition, Jake Paul and Tommy Fury have seemingly settled on a date and have signed contracts for their bout to get underway.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 26, 'The Problem Child' will have the chance to back up his talk. He will face a legitimate professional boxer for the first time when he steps into the ring against the younger brother of Tyson Fury.

This will be Jake's seventh competitive fight in the sport and arguably his toughest to date, facing a man who is unbeaten in eight fights, with half of those victories coming by knockout.

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Edited by Virat Deswal
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