UFC vet Mike Perry confirmed as backup for Tommy Fury vs Jake Paul bout

If things go wrong ahead of Jake Paul and Tommy Fury’s planned match, Mike Perry’s dream could come true.

Paul said on social media in January that Fury didn’t want to  box him that Perry could get lucky. Paul vs. Fury will finally take place on February 26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, having a backup plan is always a good idea.

Paul said at a press conference that Mike Perry has been confirmed as a substitute opponent.

Mike Perry has often urged for a match with Paul. Perry may have revealed more than was intended before Jake Paul made the announcement. In a prior interview, Perry spoke about perhaps taking part in a match in February.

“I believe it was for mid-February. I don’t know what I can and can’t say, [because] I want it to happen, but there was supposed to be a really cool location and that intrigued me, I think it happens.”

“If it is mid-February, I’ll be ready. I’m ready this weekend. I’m going to keep working, road work, lift some weights, eat healthy, just keep feeding myself and stay hungry. That’s me. That’s what I do.”

He also acknowledged that they had previously sparred and said that he was excited to compete against Paul.

“I sparred him once, and I think it would be a great boxing match. I can’t lie, I’m a bare knuckle boxer, and I like to punch without anything, but with the gloves on I feel like I hit harder, and I think it would be interesting to see what I could do.”

Perry participated in BKFC 27 back in August 2022 in London. He boxed Bellator’s Michael Page. Perry won the match by majority decision.