UFC Legend Jon Jones made a surprise pick for Jake Paul, Tommy Fury boxing bout

Just yesterday Mike Tyson went viral with his evaluation of Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury boxing bout.

As the hype for the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury bout on February 26 reaches a boiling point, one MMA legend has made a surprising pick for the winner.

Jones has a wealth of in-ring experience, and with a 26-1-1 record, he knows a thing or two about staying on top. It’s worth noting, that Jones has never been actually defeated, the sole loss comes after a 12-6 elbow disqualification.

There’s also the no contest – a KO victory over Daniel Cormier was overturned once Jones tested positive for turinabol metabolites. Jones is moving to get this No contest expunged considering USADA has changed thresholds recently.

It’s hard to dispute the fact that Jake Paul has come a long way since his first boxing match against Deji Olatunji on the Logan Paul vs. KSI undercard. Now, he’s headlining his own card and competing against an actual pro boxer of similar experience.

In between this bout being scheduled and canceled, Paul collected a knockout over Tyron Woodley and a unanimous decision win over Anderson Silva, legitimizing his brand in a major way. This rapid ascent in the world of boxing is one reason why Jones thinks Paul is ready to take on Fury.

Jones’ backing of Paul may come as a surprise to some, considering his admiration for Fury’s older brother, WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. But for Jones, that’s not enough to win his seal of approval for Tommy.

“I’m a huge fan of Tyson, but I’m rooting for Jake in the situation,” Jones said. “The kids come such a long way.”

Jones’ support of Paul could be seen as backing the underdog, given that Fury is the more experienced boxer with an undefeated record. But Jones believes that Paul’s rapid progression in the sport, combined with his youth and athleticism, will give him the edge over Fury.

Jon Jones previously praised Paul after his win over MMA veteran Ben Askren.

As per proboxing odds, Paul is a very slight betting favorite at the moment.