Tommy Fury defeats social media influencer Jake Paul by split decision

    Jake Paul, right, and Tommy Fury, in action during their boxing match, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, early Monday, February 27, 2023.

    (CNN)YouTuber Jake Paul suffered the first defeat of his fledgling boxing career on Sunday night as pro boxer-turned reality TV star Tommy Fury edged him out in a split decision in Saudi Arabia.

    Two judges both scored the fight 76-73 for Fury, with the third judge ruling 75-74 in favor of Paul at the end of their eight-round cruiserweight bout at the Diriyah Arena near the capital Riyadh.
    "In my first main event, 23 years old, I had the world on my shoulders, and I came through," Fury said after the fight. "This, to me, is a world title fight. I trained so hard for this. This was my destiny."
      British reality TV star Tommy Fury (C) celebrates after his split decision win against US YouTuber Jake Paul.