Victorious Tommy Fury returns to changing room to a hero's welcome

Victorious Tommy Fury returns to changing room to a hero's welcome

Victorious Tommy Fury returns to changing room to a hero’s welcome as brother Tyson and rest of his entourage laud him with his own song after beating Jake Paul by split decision

  • Tommy Fury defeated Jake Paul by split decision on Sunday in Saudi Arabia
  • The professional boxer was under intense pressure to beat the YouTube upstart
  • His and his family’s reaction after the fight displayed significance of the victory 

Tommy Fury returned to his dressing room after beating Jake Paul by split decision on Sunday night to a hero’s welcome. 

The 23-year-old was given the fight 74-75 76-73 76-73 on a night of high stakes in Saudi Arabia, prevailing to claim his ninth win from nine in his career. 

With his entire family there to watch, including brother Tyson and father John, who had been in his corner and could audibly be heard dishing out instructions throughout, Fury avoided embarrassment and ensured his steady progress in boxing can continue afoot. 

Having celebrated wildly in the ring after being awarded the fight, Fury returned to his changing room to be met by a barrage of noise. 

‘There’s only one Tommy Fury,’ they sang. ‘Walking along, singing a song, walking in a Fury wonderland.’

Tommy Fury has defeated Jake Paul 74-75 76-73 76-73 on a night of high stakes boxing in Saudi Arabia

The brother of Tyson was under pressure from his own brother and family to deliver on the night

He was given a hero’s reception when he made his return to the dressing room after his victory

Brother Tyson, usually the one being adulated post-fight in a dressing room, led the chants. His delight at his brother’s victory was palpable. Unsurprisingly so, given his pre-fight comments on the consequences for Tommy should he lose to Paul. 

‘I have told Tommy that if he loses he has to stay over in Saudi and become Ronaldo’s personal trainer. He agreed,’ he revealed last month.

‘He will have to spend his losers purse on a nice little flat out in Saudi and look after Ronnie.’

The victory comes as the most significant of Fury’s short career. Under intense pressure to deliver against a former YouTuber that much of the boxing fraternity remains intensely suspicious of, he did his job in the Middle East.

With neither fighter exactly living up to their pre-fight promises of a knockout, both were deducted a point – Paul for a punch to the back of the head, and Fury for holding.

There seemed little question, however, over the validity of the judges’ decision. Despite appearing to almost fall to the canvass in the last, Fury landed the bigger blows including a string of brutal upper-cuts in the sixth round. 

The jab which Paul landed in the eighth that had Fury startled and almost on the floor was his best – and most impactful – blow, though he had appeared tired in the later rounds.

Speaking in the ring after the fight, Fury made no secret of the significance of his victory over Paul. 

Tommy Fury was in tears after proving himself right in his biggest fight yet against Jake Paul

Despite two years of animosity, Paul and Fury had a lot of respect at the end of the contest

‘For the past two years this is all that has consumed my life,’ an emotional Fury told BT Sport. ‘Everybody thought I was running scared but tonight I make my own legacy.’

‘This is my first main event, I am going to get bigger and better and if he wants a rematch, bring it on,’ he added.

Paul, initially magnanimous in his assessment, before he was booed by the crowd for appearing to make excuses for the defeat, urged people to judge him by his ‘losses’, not his victories.

‘All respect to Tommy, he won. Don’t judge me by my wins, judge me by my losses,’ he said. ‘I don’t know if I agree with the judges, it is what it is but that is the boxing world.’

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