TOMMY FURY avoids a big miss by getting up off the canvas to emotionally beat Jake Paul.
Fury uses his bragging rights to his family’s reputation and, most importantly, unbeaten Saudi Arabia.
Two judges scored the bout 76-73 in his favour, with one scoring 75-74 in Paul, who scored a knockdown in the final round.
But Fury’s cleaner boxing wins him the fight of his life – which he dedicates to his girlfriend Molly-Mae Hague and young daughter Bambi.
Tommy said through tears: “Tonight I built my legacy. I’m Tommy Fury.
“Tonight I would like to dedicate this to my little daughter and my lover. I love you. I can’t wait to see you. This fight is for you, I love you.”
Paul was defeated as a professional boxer for the first time. Congratulate the winner, Fury, and vow to return.
He said: “Congratulations Tommy he won. Don’t judge me by m score, win judge me by defeat, I’ll be back.”
“I think we deserve a rematch. It’s a good fight. It was a close fight.”
Fury swiftly emerged from a trap inside the Diriyah Arena, built just weeks before the first bell.
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Paul was looking for his trademark right hand from the very beginning. But he tried to get out of the way of the oncoming jab.
Round Two: Fury’s jab decides. Land as needed and let him drive opponents back with combinations.
But while he was building momentum Paul had a solid third round. Right overhand and sharp left counter hook
When it feels like the tides may change Fury came out confident in the fourth round. Forcing Paul to cover up and win the exchange inside.
The American had a point lead in fifth for a punch in the back of the head before both landed with a large right hand.
Paul started to use his jabs well in the sixth round. He even rocked Fury’s head backwards to prevent the race from running away from him.
Fury still had issues to grip on and as the fight progressed into the final six minutes. The action turned out to be scrappy, with both men guilty of holding for breath.
The final proved to be the most exciting as Paul dropped his man with a sharp jab.
Fury responded well and sank into his own big shot to prove that the punch had caught him off guard.
The two rookie pros – with just 14 fights shared between them – fought right up to the final bell where a nervous wait followed.
Fury’s smoother, more consistent boxing skills prevail, giving Paul a chance to rematch with Paul, who has a second-fight option.
He said: “Let’s run back.”
Fury says: “If he wants a match then bring it.”