Jake Paul BOOED as he blames ‘illness’ and an ‘arm injury’ for his split-decision loss to Tommy Fury and says he disagreed with the judges’ scorecards after knocking the Briton down in the final round
- Jake Paul made several excuses for his loss to Tommy Fury on Sunday night
- Paul, 26, said ‘illness’ and an ‘arm injury’ were to blame for his ‘split decision’ loss
- The YouTuber turned boxer also thought the judges’ scorecards were wrong
Jake Paul told the boxing world to judge him on how he reacts to defeat after losing to Tommy Fury – then apologized to illness and injury for his loss in Saudi Arabia.
The 26-year-old was heavily booed by the crowd for claiming his performance was flat due to problems he had encountered during his training camp that he had not mentioned until now.
Paul lost to fury via split decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night – with one judge scoring it 75-74 for Paul and the other two scoring it 76-73 for Fury.
The YouTuber turned boxer also said he disagreed with the judges’ scores after the confrontation. He did admit that it was a close fight.
In the ring right after, Paul said, “All due respect to Tommy, he won. Don’t judge me by my wins, judge me by my losses.
Jake Paul was heavily booed by the crowd after he made several excuses for his loss to Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia on Sunday – citing illness and an arm injury before his split-decision defeat
One judge scored the grudge fight 75-74 for Paul and the other two rated it 76-73 for Fury
The YouTuber turned boxer said he disagreed with the judges’ scores after the ‘close fight’
“I’ll be back and I think we deserve the rematch. It was a great fight, a close fight. I don’t know if I agree with the jurors.
“I got a 10-8 round twice. It is what it is, but I’ve already won in life. I won in every way possible, I have a great family, great friends and a great work ethic.
“Honestly, I felt flat. I got really sick twice in this camp, injured my arm, so it wasn’t my best performance,” he said before immediately insisting that he had been beaten by the better man.
“But I lost – I don’t make excuses. I’m just saying, it wasn’t my best performance, I felt a little flat and like I said, we’ll be back to get that W.”
He ended by saying, “Don’t judge me by my wins, judge me by my losses – I’ll come back stronger.”
Fans in Saudi Arabia were furious at Paul’s apology and booed him as he gave his post-fight interview.
Paul then filmed a video from his dressing room which he posted on social media immediately after his defeat.
“Well, s***,” he said, laughing. ‘I never thought I’d ever have to make one of these videos! S*** happens, I guess.
Paul later posted a video to social media saying he didn’t expect to lose to Fury
The victorious Fury said he is willing to take on Paul again in a rematch between them
Fury celebrated wildly, with brother Tyson (right) as he was announced the winner
“This is still the most beautiful job in the world. Thank you all for the support, this was a great event and I will be back.’
Fury, for his part, was respectful of Paul in the win.
“Jake Paul got some good shots – he’s a much better boxer than I thought,” said Fury. “This is my first main event. If he wants a rematch, bring it on.
“I fought Jake Paul and I came out and won. He was much tougher than I thought he was going to be – people can’t possibly say he’s a real boxer. He was wild, he just kept coming.’
Reflecting on his career so far after experiencing defeat for the first time, Paul added: “This is definitely a humbling experience.
“I’ve come further than I ever imagined, and further.”
Paul also tweeted, “Don’t judge me by my wins, judge me by my losses. Congratulations to Tommy, his team and his family. Thank you to everyone who tuned in. Saudi Arabia also thank you. I will return.’