John Fury, the brashly outspoken father of Tommy Fury and heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, claimed in a recent interview with Rob Moore that the YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul refused VADA testing be added as a stipulation into their pre-fight requirements – despite all of the other unusual clauses.
“There was all kinds of stuff in the contracts,” John Fury said. “There was all kinds of it, like, ‘You’ve got to change your name for a year. You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to do that.’ … He’s got to change his name to ‘Tommy Fumbles’ for a year. All rubbish on that. I could go into it more and more but I don’t want to bore people with politics. Do you know what I’m saying?…
“And like everything else, he wouldn’t sign up for the VADA testing either. That bothered me a little bit because I want that in the contract. But he wouldn’t do that. But I’m not even bothered about that because what they’re going to do, they’re going to do anyway. So yeah, we just want the fight because we know we can win it. The people that think Tommy is getting paid to lose, they’re joking.”
While it’s unclear if Paul was tested ahead of his bouts against Ali Enson Gib and Ben Askren, he was prior to his most recent fight against Tyron Woodley, MMA Junkie confirmed with an Ohio State Athletic Commission official in August.
Paul (4-0) will take on fellow undefeated professional Fury (7-0) at a weight of 192 pounds. The eight-round fight will take place Dec. 18 at Amelie Arena in Tampa, Fla., and air on Showtime pay-per-view.