The anticipated Jake Paul-Tommy Fury fight might be over before it started.
The Showtime pay-per-view bout is scheduled to take place on Dec. 18 in Tampa. Amanda Serrano and Miriam Gutierrez are the co-main event.
As of Monday morning, there were no specifics about Fury’s reported injury. The British fighter, though, has apparently been battling a cold throughout training camp in Morecambe, not far from his native Manchester.
“Tommy had a little bit of a cold but hopefully he is going to be okay,” promoter Frank Warren recently said, via The Sun.
“He can’t wait for the fight and I know certainly from Jake’s perspective he can’t wait for the fight.”
Neither Fury, nor Paul, has addressed the reports.
Former UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, who lost to Paul via split-decision in August, is reportedly in consideration to replace Fury. Woodley has yet to acknowledge the news.
Fury made his US fight debut on the undercard of the original Paul-Woodley bout. He beat Canadian MMA pro Anthony Taylor (0–1) by unanimous decision.
The news of Fury’s reported withdrawal came soon after his older brother, two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, predicted that “Tommy can have his worst night ever and still beat Jake Paul.”
On Friday, Paul shared the clip by Unibet to Twitter, writing, “I smell cap [lies].”
Showtime Boxing has not confirmed Fury is out of the bout.