Tommy Fury warned he may NEVER become an ‘elite boxer’ ahead of Jake Paul clash… as Bob Arum claims to know ‘dozens’ of young light-heavyweights better than him
- Tommy Fury is set to face YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul on December 18
- Fury, brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson, is 7-0 as a professional
- The 22-year-old has hopes of carving out his own name in boxing
- But promoter Bob Arum is not convinced he can reach the same heights as Tyson
Bob Arum has warned Tommy Fury that victory over Jake Paul later this month will not guarantee he goes on to become an elite-level boxer like his brother Tyson.
Fury, 22, is gearing up for a highly-anticipated showdown with Paul, 24, in Tampa, Florida, on December 18.
Both fighters are novices in the professional ranks; Fury has racked up seven straightforward victories so far, while Paul’s four wins have come against former UFC fighters, a retired NBA player and a fellow YouTuber.
Bob Arum has warned Tommy Fury that beating Jake Paul will not help him reach elite level
Now the pair are set to put their unbeaten records on the line in an eight-round cruiserweight contest one week before Christmas.
As the younger sibling of the current WBC heavyweight champion, Fury is the slight favourite to emerge victorious and go on to bigger and better things in boxing.
However, Arum is not convinced the Gypsy King’s little brother will be proving much by toppling Paul.
Fury is set to lock horns with YouTuber turned boxer Paul (right) in Florida on December 18
But Arum has cast doubt over Tyson Fury’s little brother going on to reach the same heights
‘We don’t know if Tommy Fury would ever be an elite boxer. I mean, I could think of dozens of young light-heavyweights who would beat him,’ Tyson’s US promoter told talkSPORT.
‘So you know, it’s irrelevant to me whether he wins or loses. Because he’s Tyson Fury’s brother, I absolutely hope that he wins. And I wish him the best. But if he loses, he loses.
‘Obviously, these are not elite fighters. They’re almost like circus acts. But again, if people are influenced to watch them, nobody is putting a gun to anybody’s head.
‘And I think it’s neither good – nor bad – for the sport of boxing.’
Fury recently explained that his end goal is to become world champion, yet he is in full agreement with Arum that beating Paul will not move him any closer to that objective.
‘I’m not gonna win that by beating this idiot,’ he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘I’m beating this man, moving on to concentrate on my dreams.
‘I’m gonna be straight back in the gym on the Monday after the fight because beating this man gives me no credit in the boxing world and credit in the boxing world is what I’m after.’