JAKE PAUL has claimed Tommy Fury “didn’t win the fight” but instead “lost” it for a number of reasons.
Fury returned home from Saudi Arabia with bragging rights and his unbeaten record after winning the Celebrity Grudges match on points.
But Paul fought his way out in defense of his first-ever defeat, insisting the result was entirely down to his failings in the ring that night.
He said on his brother’s podcast: “Tommy didn’t win the fight, I lost it.
“I wasn’t good, I wasn’t on my A-game. I didn’t implement the game plan, my legs were weak going into the fight.
“I think I got the weight off wrong in a seven week camp like we normally do in a 12 week camp.
“We’ve squeezed into this camp, but I don’t want to sit here and make excuses. I lost the fight, I wasn’t at my best and it’s as simple as that.”
Paul, 26, saw a point deduction in round five for being punched in the back of the head.
Fury, 23, was also docked a point in sixth for holding and was knocked down in the final lap but still won a split decision.
Paul faced off against a recognized professional boxer for the first time in his seven-fight career and admitted he felt the opportunity to do so.
FREE BETS AND SIGN UP OFFERS – THE BEST DEALS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS
He said: “I think a little pressure is good, but I had a lot of pressure and the stakes kept getting higher with every fight.
“Now there is definitely more relaxation going into the next one. A lot of things played into it [loss]even a point deduction at the beginning of the fight.
“I don’t know, it’s the toughest sport in the world and you have to have a peak.
“You can only show up for this one moment, for this one night. Whatever you feel then, you can’t really fake it.
“I was floored, very, very floored. I’ve beaten him eight to nine times out of ten, it just happened one of those times. He got on the plate.”
Paul will exercise his rematch clause amid rumors of a sequel after the first fight sold around 775,000 pay-per-views.
He said: “I don’t see where there’s no reason to roll it back at some point.
“The business side was huge, it was one of the biggest events in boxing in recent years. It will probably be the biggest fight of the year, it’s massive.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7596158/jake-paul-tommy-fury-fight-rematch/ Jake Paul says Tommy Fury ‘didn’t win the fight’ as YouTuber reveals reasons behind his defeat and vows to bounce back in rematch