Jake Paul and WBC and WBO featherweight champion Amanda Serrano have their opponents set for their double main event on August 6 at Madison Square Garden.
Paul will fight Tommy Fury and Serrano will have a mandatory title defense against Brenda Carabajal.
Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) was supposed to fight Fury in his last fight in December before Fury pulled out of the fight due to injury. Now, instead of fighting in Tampa, they will meet in New York.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to say yes to another potential matchup with Tommy after he pulled out of our matchup last year,” Paul said via a press release Thursday. “But ultimately knocking out a Fury was just too enticing to pass up.”
Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, will be the first boxer Paul faces in his career after his first five fights were against mixed martial arts fighters, YouTube celebrities and former NBA basketball player Nate. Robinson. Fury also has a history on reality television, having appeared on the British show Love Island.
“The Paul Brothers boxing charade is about to come to an end once and for all,” Fury said. “I am a boxer. My opponent plays boxing. Jake Paul has dressed up to look like a boxer against retirees from other sports. On August 6 I will show the world that he does not belong in the ring.”
The fight again seemed to be in jeopardy in recent days, according to Paul on his social media accounts, but he announced the fight Thursday morning.
“Okay folks, grew a set overnight,” Paul wrote on Instagram. “It’s official, I’m going to take this little Fury’s head off.”
Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York, will fight at featherweight for the first time since August, when she defeated Yamileth Mercado by unanimous decision. It is Serrano’s first fight since her split decision loss to Katie Taylor at MSG on April 30, a fight that sold out the Garden and has been hailed as the best fight in women’s boxing history. It was Serrano’s first loss in just over a decade.
I will be defending my WBC/WBO/IBO against my Mandatory Brenda Carabajal
— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosters) June 23, 2022
After two fights at lightweight, a win over Miriam Gutierrez and loss to Taylor, Serrano will return to weight where he holds multiple titles.
Carabajal, 31 (18-5-1, 9 KOs), from Argentina, last fought in May, when she beat Debora Anahi Dionicius by majority decision for the interim WBO title. She previously lost attempts to win the IBF featherweight title against Sarah Mahfoud in 2020 and twice fought for the WBO lightweight title losing to Rose Volante in 2017 and Yohana Belen Alfonzo in 2016. She has never been stopped in her race.
The press conference for the fight will be on Wednesday.