Tyson Fury Batters Brother Tommy With Medicine Ball In Training for Jake Paul Fight

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Even if you possess a passing knowledge of boxing and combat sports, you'll still know that in fight camp — the period of weeks and months spent training vigorously in the run-up to a bout — every boxer is put through the wringer to ensure that they're ready for fight night. Of course, tactics differ between each fighter and their respective training teams, but there remains a common denominator between every fighter: they have to be ready to take a punch.

Such was the tactic deployed by boxer Tommy Fury's training team, who recently shared an Instagram video of his brother, two-time world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, pummelling a medicine ball into the fighter's abdominals, ahead of his fight with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.

The video, below, shows older brother Tyson standing over Tommy, providing coaching cues as he piles in the medicine ball reps into the fighter's abdominals. Switching sides, Tommy goes on to receive another 10 reps of Tyson's forceful slams. Presumably, this is to condition the boxer's core strength ahead of the fight with Paul.

Set to take place on Saturday December 18th in Tampa Bay, Florida, the fight — with the ominous tagline 'One Will Fall' — will be Paul's fifth outing as a professional boxer and, for Fury, it will be his eighth.

In a recent Instagram post published after the fight was announced, Paul claimed that he "was secretly in camp for 7 weeks before Tommy signed the contract...for the first time in my career the oddsmakers made me the underdog for this fight. I LOVE IT. I’ve been the underdog my whole life."

"[I've] always been counted out. Always had the uphill battle. All of my opponents have cut corners and taken me lightly," he continued. "By this time it’s too late to make changes to try and beat me :) Good luck Tommy. December 18th your career is over."

Discussing the fight with former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in the 'Tony Bellew Is Angry' podcast, podcaster True Geordie said of Fury: "He isn't that co-ordinated [and] defensively, when he throws shots, he leaves himself wide open and, if someone trades with him in the pocket, he's going to struggle." Continuing, he said "I'm not saying Jake's a great boxer, but he's got something about him. He's got more natural fighting skill than Tommy. I think people are blinded by the last name 'Fury'."

"From what I've seen of him, he's a strong kid," Bellew says, backing up Paul's validity for the fight with his college wrestling background. "It's so hard to do physically, on your body, that you can go into most other combat sports with just doing wrestling in the past and take it up quite quickly, and I think that's where he's at with boxing."

In a recent Instagram video shot at the Fury training camp, which the pair have dubbed 'Camp Sparta', 6ft 9in Tyson claimed that "the Pauls are getting annihilated!" and labelled the pair "dossers." Tyson is so confident in Tommy's ability that he recently admitted that he'd retire his half-brother and force him to change his surname if Paul was declared the winner. Meanwhile, Paul, 24, boasted that "[I'm changing this wanker's name to Tommy Fumbles and warned him "kiss your last name and your family’s boxing legacy goodbye."

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