UFC analyst Joe Rogan is typically mellow and many even begrudge him for not being more argumentative toward his controversial guests.
Rogan has a lot of passion for combat sports, whether it is boxing, kickboxing, MMA, or jiu-jitsu.
The 55-year-old UFC commentator disagreed with Barstool Sports CEO Dave Portnoy’s assertion that Tommy Fury is not a “real boxer.”
This was on episode #1920 of The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE).
Portnoy questioned Tommy Fury’s legitimacy as a boxer. He stated that if he weren’t the younger brother of the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson, no one would have heard of Tommy.
Portnoy also added: “If he does, it’s in name only. I saw Tommy Fury Box. He is not a boxer.”
Portnoy’s opinion of Fury was formed when Fury competed on an undercard of a Jake Paul event.
The 45-year-old said that Tommy Fury would have a hard time defeating YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul. In response to Portnoy’s comments, Rogan said that Tommy Fury is levels below his far more successful brother as a boxer. However, he is at least a competent “journeyman boxer” and has solid boxing skills.
Rogan stated: “He is definitely a boxer, but is he a boxer like his brother? No! He is a good journeyman boxer.”
The Barstool CEO refused to change his position and continued to challenge the legitimacy of the younger Fury. So Rogan began playing several highlight clips of Tommy Fury.
“Here’s Tommy Fury. You telling me this guy doesn’t look like a boxer? You’re out of your f***ing mind.”
Portnoy countered: “Who’s he fighting?”
But Rogan was still agitated: “But I don’t give a f**k. Dude, look at this. Look at this. He’s fighting a professional boxer. The guy’s fighting looks good. Dude, you’re crazy if you don’t think Tommy Fury’s boxing. Look at that uppercut. Shut the f*** up, dude.”