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Fury (9-0) defeated Paul (6-1) by a split decision Sunday in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia and handed the YouTube star-turned-boxer his first loss.
Fury was in firm control until a knockdown by Paul in Round 8 brought the scorecards closer. But Fury thinks more pressure would have resulted in a finish on his end.
“Take nothing away from Jake Paul – he’s a good, game lad,” Fury said at the post-fight news conference. “I’m pretty sure if we get it on again in the future, I’ll be able to stop him. I feel like in the fight, if I would have pressed him a little bit more, I could have got him out of there.
“But at the end of the day, what more can you ask for?”
Paul said he spoke to Fury in the medical room and that they agreed to a rematch for their next fights. When Fury was asked about running things back, he was all for it.
“One hundred percent,” Fury said. “At the end of the day, this was my first main event. The world was watching this fight. I have that experience behind me now. So when I go into another big dance like this, I’ll have this behind me and I’ll know how to cope with it.
“Having been in the ring with Jake once, I’m pretty sure I can get the stoppage next time.”