Paul (6-0) meets Fury (8-0) in a boxing match Feb. 26. The pair originally was scheduled to fight on two occasions, but Fury withdrew from both. Now they have a date locked in, with the card set to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and air on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
The details were made official by Paul on Friday (via Instagram):
After multiple failed attempts to get Tommy Fury in the ring, the moment of truth has finally arrived.
Fumbles has no excuses now. Baby is born. Money is massive. Immigration is not an issue. Sunday February 26, Paul vs Fury is live on ESPN+ PPV in the US and BT Sport Box Office in the UK.
Tyson Fury has promised he and Papa John will make Tommy retire from boxing and change his last name forever if he can’t beat the YouTuber. Saturday (tomorrow) I’m coming to London to look at all three Fury’s in the eye and shake on that promise.
They first were scheduled to fight in December 2021, but the bout fell through when Fury pulled out due to a bacterial chest infection and a broken rib. Tyron Woodley stepped in on just two weeks’ notice, but was knocked out in his rematch with Paul. Fury was booked against Paul a second time this past August at Madison Square Garden in New York, but the fight was scrapped when Fury was denied entry to the U.S. due to his family’s ties with Irish crime boss Daniel Kinahan, who is wanted by the U.S. government.
After he knocked out Woodley, Paul added another former MMA champion to his resume when he beat former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva by unanimous decision this past October. Paul signed a multifight contract with PFL, where he intends to compete in both boxing and MMA. The YouTube star-turned-boxer also has assumed the role of Head of Fighter Advocacy and will post about the PFL on social media.
Fury, an undefeated boxer and half-brother of heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, most recently competed in April 2022 when he defeated Daniel Bocianski in London. Prior to that, he picked up a win over MMA fighter and boxer Anthony Taylor on the same card as Paul’s first victory over Woodley, which came by split decision.