On Sunday afternoon in Saudi Arabia, Jake Paul suffered his first professional defeat at the hands of Tommy Fury via a shocking split decision (76-73 x2, 75-74). The victory was the most significant in Fury’s career, bringing his record to 9-0.
While the internet was abuzz with conflicting reactions to Paul’s defeat, it was a different revelation that sparked a debate: the Drake “curse.”
The Drake “Curse”
Those who aren’t familiar with the rapper’s reputation might be surprised to learn that he is famous for placing huge bets on losing sports teams and fights. On Sunday, this was the situation, as he placed a bet of $400,000 on Paul to win by knockout against Fury, which was a typical conclusion among gamblers. Should the man from Canada have been victorious, he would have been given a payout of $1.4 million.
Jake Paul’s Comment on Drake’s Stake
Jake Paul was informed that he had lost the bet after the fight during the post-match press conference, and he responded in a way that was humorous, gentle, and completely honest to Drake’s seeming gaffe.
Paul laughed as he said, “Fuck, this is Drake’s fault.
“Drake, bro, why you do this to me? Nah, nah, it’s my fault [that I lost]. $400,000 is nothing to him. So, he has won a lot more money betting on me before. So, he’s probably about even now. Sorry, Drake, I’m gonna get that “W” in the rematch [against Fury).”
As for a rematch, it is unclear when that may take place given Paul’s impressive resume, which includes victories against fighters such as Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley (twice), Ben Askren, and Nate Robinson, to name just a few. His previous opponents were either former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, athletes from other sports, or personalities altogether. His first legitimate boxing contest was against Fury.
Before his fight with Fury, Paul was the main event on a Showtime bill versus Silva, a former champion of the middleweight division in the UFC. Despite the fact that it was a close fight, Paul prevailed over the Brazilian and kept his undefeated record at the time intact.