Paul trainer snubs Fury fight and makes telling Silva comparison
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Jake Paul’s trainer BJ Flores is not keen on the Tommy Fury fight after two failed attempts to make it happen. Flores believes it is an easier fight than Anderson Silva and doesn’t believe Fury ‘will change his stripes’ and make it to the ring if they book the fight for a third time.
The pair were set to face each other in December 2021 and August 2022. However, Fury was forced to pull out on both occasions, the first time for a broken rib sustained in training camp and the second time due to being denied entry to the United States – where the event was being held.
Fury recently confirmed that he is still unable to travel across the pond and proposed that Jake fights him in the United Kingdom. In response, Paul told Ariel Helwani that he would be happy to go over to hostile territory and ‘play the bad guy’.
However, Flores isn’t as open to the idea. “I would rather not, honestly, I feel like a cat can’t change its stripes sometimes and whatever,” he told the MMA Hour.
“Maybe it’s out of his control, maybe he couldn’t get into the country, maybe he really suffered an injury the other time I don’t know but it seems kind of weird to me. But there were two times when he wasn’t able to make it to the ring and he wasted a lot of people’s time, he wasted Showtime’s time, and he wasted a lot of people’s money on a fight that never happened.”
He continued: “Who has he [Tommy Fury] beat? When’s he ever been a main event? How many pay-per-views has he sold? I’m not saying he wouldn’t be a good opponent for Jake. He’s 8-0 now, but he hasn’t really fought anybody yet.
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“A lot of people say that about Jake, but Anderson Silva beats Tommy Fury, and I don’t care what anybody says, he beats him one-sidedly. Even Tyron Woodley might give him a lot of problems as well.”
For now, Fury must overcome his next challenge on November 13. He faces Puerto Rican light-heavyweight Paul Bamba (5-2) on the Floyd Mayweather vs Deji Olatunji undercard at the Coca-Cola Arena in Abu Dhabi.
Bamba is an unknown quantity in the ring having mostly fought losing journeymen in smaller-scale shows across North and South America.
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