By Dane McGuire
In the immediate aftermath of his split decision loss to Tommy Fury, social media star turned boxer Jake Paul discussed having a lack of energy and feeling “flat.” He has since said he fell ill and suffered a pair of arm injuries in camp but did not specify further.
“All respect to Tommy – he won,” Paul said in the ring during his post-fight interview. “And don’t judge me by my wins. Judge me by my losses. I’ll come back. I think we deserve that rematch. It was a great fight, a close fight. I don’t know if I agree with the judges. I got a 10-8 round – twice. So, it is what it is. … This is definitely a humbling experience. I’ll take it on the chin. Get back in the gym and we can run it back.”
As already reported, Paul is looking to have a rematch with Fury rather than face fellow YouTuber, KSI.
“Honestly, I felt flat,” Paul said. “I got sick really bad twice in this camp, injured my arm. So, it wasn’t my best performance. But I lost. I’m not making excuses. I’m just saying, it was not my best performance. I felt a little flat. We’re going to come back and get that ‘W.’ Don’t judge me by my wins. Judge me by my losses. I’m going to come back stronger.”
Prior to the bout, Fury, like many otherswise, was quick to criticize the lesser quality of Paul’s prior opponents–MMA veterans and NBA veteran Nate Robinson.
“I’m a real man and if I seen something that I was impressed by, I would say it,” Fury said. “I don’t care who you are, beating a 50-year-old man or 47 or whatever [Anderson Silva] was, beating a 40-year-old man [in Tyron Woodley], who was 5-foot-7 and a welterweight, it’s not impressive to me. These guys are in a completely different sport to what I’m in. I’m in the sport of professional boxing. I don’t know what sport he’s in.”
Before talk of a rematch, Fury had said, “I don’t know [what he will do next] because he’s not in the same sport as me.”
“Yeah, he’s in boxing but when I knock him out and when he loses to me and then he says ‘well I fought Tyson Fury’s brother’ or ‘I fought a proper boxer, who’s done this all his life, I didn’t do bad for a kid out of YouTube’ or whatever he’s going to say. Yeah, then he could easily go and fight Deji, go and fight KSI, cause these guys are all at the same level,” he continued.
Paul went all eight rounds with Fury. Fury won on the cards 76-73, 76-73, while the third score was 75-74 for Paul.
Per BoxingJunkie.com, there is a rematch clause. CageNation will have more information as it develops.