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21st Feb 2023

Tommy Fury ‘breaks sparring partner’s jaw’ during training in major warning to Jake Paul

Steve Hopkins

‘He’s been destroying his sparring partners’

Tommy Fury is said to have sent several opponents to hospital, broken one boxer’s jaw and knocked out heavyweights ahead of his bout with Jake Paul on Sunday.

The half-brother of world heavyweight champion, Tyson, has also reportedly completed 100 rounds of sparring as he prepares to fight YouTuber-turned boxer, Jake, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The fight has been a long-time coming with two cancelled bouts and months of back and fourth.

Tommy’s father John told Sportsmail that the 23-year-old had sent one sparing partners to hospital with a hairline fracture in his jaw and had KO’d several others. He’s faced heavyweights, cruiserweights and light-heavyweights in preparation for his bout with Jake.

John said: “We’ve had excellent sparring. People have hit him back too if you know what I am saying.”

He said his son’s sparring partners were all “good, class, young, hungry men” but Tommy had been “handling them very well.”

“There have been a few visits to the hospital for the sparring partners but that’s boxing. He’s been doing them some damage,” he added.

“We’ve had a hairline fracture in the jaw and we’ve had a few knockdowns. We’ve had a few cold knockouts from Tommy.

“He’s been destroying his sparring partners.”

John said Tommy has been taking the fight against Jake very seriously, as a loss would “end his career” and cause unwanted issues within the family.

He said “everything has gone to plan” during the training camp: “It’s gone tremendously well. I am more than happy. He’s put plenty of work in and he’s done the grinding.”

Jake is six wins from six fights. His last win was in October 2022 against Anderson Silva.

Tommy is eight from eight and last beat Daniel Bocianski on points on the undercard of Tyson’s heavyweight title defence against Dillian Whyte in April.

Read FreeBets full interview with John Fury here

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