With a split decision, Tommy Fury defeated Jake Paul in what was possibly the most anticipated matchup of amateur boxers in history.
Fury, 23, was the busier boxer, hitting more precise blows and showcasing his foundations of the sport.
The brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former Love Island star was knocked out in the eighth round by YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul.
One judge gave Paul a score of 75–74, while the other two gave Fury a score of 76–73.
An emotional Fury, who has now triumphed in all one of his nine professional fights, said on BT Sport: “For the past two years, this has been everything that has occupied my life.”
Everyone assumed I was escaping out of fear, but tonight I created my own legacy.
Tommy Fury strikes Jake with a blow. Paul \sUnbeaten Fury (left) has now won nine fights in a row as a professional after landing the cleaner strikes against Paul.
“If he wants a rematch, bring it on,” Fury said after dedicating the fight to his newborn baby girl Bambi. “This is my first main event, I am going to get bigger and better.”
Paul, who suffered his first professional defeat in his eighth fight, said: “All credit to Tommy, he won. Judge me by my losses, not by my victories.
“I’m not sure if I agree with the judges, but that’s the boxing world. It is what it is.”
Saudi Arabia’s atmosphere and development
Mike Tyson observes as Tommy Fury versus Jake Paul
Mike Tyson, a former heavyweight world champion, was one of numerous fighters present.
Several celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds were present, and many more watched the eight-round fight at home.
In the open-air Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, celebrities including footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and boxing star Mike Tyson were there.
The Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin tweeted: “There’s no better way to celebrate your half birthday than to watch Jake Paul get pounded in the head repeatedly.” Music star Drake posted a screenshot of his $400,000 (£335,000) wager on a Paul KO victory.
The famed Master of Ceremonies Michael Buffer introduced both competitors before the main event, which was treated like a real huge battle.
Fury, his trainer and father John Fury, and his brother Tyson entered the ring first. Fury was wearing all-white clothing with the name of his newborn daughter embroidered over his robe.
Yet as ‘The Trouble Child’ Paul continued to pace back and forth in his dressing area, Fury waited patiently. As Paul eventually entered the room, the crowd booed loudly.
Surprisingly, the fight took place on a Sunday night, and despite the fact that both Paul and Fury have a sizable social media following among younger fans, the opening bell did not sound until over an hour past the scheduled time of 22:30 GMT (01:30 local).
The match was Saudi Arabia’s most recent and lucrative sporting occasion.
The Kingdom has invested billions to bring elite sport to its nation, but detractors, like Amnesty International, have charged that Saudi Arabia is attempting to’sportswash’ away the nation’s “abysmal” record on human rights.