Tommy Fury Says He Was Denied Entry to U.S. Ahead of Jake Paul Fight Press Conference

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Tommy Fury said he was barred from
boarding a flight at London’s Heathrow Airport as he attempted to
travel to the United States for a press conference to discuss his boxing match against YouTube star Jake Paul on Aug. 6.

Fury explained Tuesday on Instagram (via ESPN)
a Homeland Security officer informed him his travel visa, an
electronic system for travel authorization (ESTA), was denied but
didn’t provide a reason. He described the situation as a “massive
shock.”

“I can stand here and say I’ve
done absolutely nothing wrong and I have no clue why I am not allowed
to travel to the USA,” Fury said. “Like I say I’ve been training
for a fight for this whole time, and that’s all I’ve been doing. I
have no clue why they would not allow me to travel today, and neither
does any of my team or my lawyers.”

Fury, the younger brother of longtime
heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, added he’s working with
embassies to find a solution to the travel problems.

“Obviously, it’s a matter that needs
to be resolved, it’s government issues,” he said. “You know it’s
a lot bigger than the fight right now and I’m just trying to get it
sorted.”

Most Valuable Promotions, Paul’s
company, said it would postpone Wednesday’s press conference while
awaiting further information, per ESPN.

“Despite many assurances by Tommy
Fury’s team that he was able to come to the U.S., and knowing that
Tommy was in California just last month, we were surprised to learn
that he had an issue at Heathrow Airport on Monday,” the statement
read.

The Aug. 6 fight is scheduled to take
place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It’s unclear if
there are contingency plans if Fury isn’t cleared to travel.

Paul and Fury were previously scheduled
to fight in December, but the British star withdrew from the bout because of a bacterial chest infection and a broken rib.

Both fighters are undefeated, though
they’ve taken different paths early in their pro boxing careers.

Paul (5-0, 4 KO) has focused on
made-for-social-media events with wins over fellow YouTuber Ali “AnEsonGib” Al-Fakhri, former NBA player Nate Robinson and a pair
of former MMA fighters, Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, who he beat
twice.

Fury (8-0, 4 KO) scored his wins over
lower-level pro opponents, most recently beating Daniel Bocianski by
decision in April.

Their long-awaited clash would carry a
lot of intrigue if it comes to fruition in August.


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