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Jake Paul, a popular YouTuber, suffered his first loss in professional boxing on Sunday night when he was defeated by Tommy Fury by a split decision.

The younger half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was knocked out by Paul (6-1) early in the final round of their cruiserweight fight, but he dominated for large portions of the eight-round contest at Diriyah Arena.

Fury (9-0, 4 KOs) won the fight with a score of 76-73 from two judges, while Paul had a 75-74 advantage.

Paul declared, “I’ve already triumphed in every aspect of life. “I went above and beyond where I ever imagined I would. It’s humbling to go through this. I’ll take it in stride and return.

Paul, who built a successful second career by competing against mixed martial artists and a fellow YouTuber in boxing matches that attracted enormous social media attention despite having more enthusiasm than skill, fought Fury for the first time as an actual professional boxer.

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Fury and Paul will likely face off in a match that is fairly even because Fury is better known as a famous sibling and is more successful as a reality television star. Fury’s undefeated record came from victories over a string of utterly outclassed opponents who had combined records of 24-176-5.

At the age of 23, I had the weight of the world on my shoulders in my first main event, and I won, according to Fury. “This is a world title fight in my opinion. I put in a lot of training for this. This was to be my fate.

In the first four rounds in front of a star-studded audience in Saudi Arabia, both boxers had their moments, but Fury scored more significant blows thanks to a steady jab that allowed him to keep Paul at a distance.

Early in the fifth round, Paul appeared to knock Fury out with an accurate left hook, but he also lost a point when the referee called him out for allegedly pushing Fury’s head down while they were in a clinch. In the sixth round, the referee reportedly deducted Fury a point for excessive clinching.

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Despite suffering a cut from a head collision near his left eye, Fury had a strong seventh round, repeatedly tagging Paul with combinations. Paul, however, abruptly changed the momentum with a precisely timed left that wobbled Fury, who immediately stood back up after placing his left glove on the floor to steady himself.

Fury made a strong finish and won the ruling.

Paul and Fury had two previous meetings scheduled, but Fury was unable to attend both contests. He suffered a rib injury ahead of their fight in December 2021, and he was turned away from the United States last summer before a scheduled meeting in August.

The tension that grew during a contentious weigh-in earlier this week in Saudi Arabia, which jumped at the chance to sponsor this boxing spectacle and social media event, was used by Paul to taunt Fury.

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“I had a dream, I had a vision that I would win this fight all the way through these 2 and a half years,” Fury said. “Nobody gave me credit. I can now stand up so that everyone can see.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr, Kevin Hart, and a number of boxers, including Mike Tyson, Deontay Wilder, Devin Haney, and Tyson Fury, who had publicly urged his younger sibling to end Paul’s career with a knockout, were in the arena outside of Riyadh.

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