Why is Cristiano Ronaldo at the Jake Paul fight? CR7 set to watch Tommy Fury boxing match

27 days ago Sporting News

When Jake Paul and Tommy Fury meet in their hotly-anticipated boxing match in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be there in person.

Ronaldo enjoyed a brilliant start to the weekend, scoring a first-half hat-trick for new club Al-Nassr against Damac, securing a 3-0 win. That took his Saudi Pro League tally to eight goals in five games. 

His plans after that treble are to travel across the country from Khamis Mushait to just outside Riyadh, to take in some boxing. 

The celebrity showdown will not be the first time Portugal legend Ronaldo has shown his interest in combat sports, having previously posed with two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor in an MMA gym.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan, who conducted Ronaldo's infamous interview shortly before he left Premier League giants Manchester United in 2022, appears to have confirmed that the striker will be in attendance.

Here's what we know about Ronaldo's plans to be at Paul vs. Fury and why the icon has been tempted to head to the fight.

MORE: All the details of the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury boxing match

Piers Morgan Jake Paul interview: Ronaldo 'is going'

Hugely-followed Morgan interviewed Paul as part of his show, 'Piers Morgan Uncensored', on the TalkTV channel.

When Morgan asked the American about Ronaldo's potential attendance, Paul said he had heard the rumours.

Following the broadcast of the interview, Morgan said: “Quick update to the end of that conversation: Cristiano Ronaldo has just told me he is going to the fight on Sunday. And he thinks it’s going to be a great fight, which many people do — so there we are.”

MORE: What real boxers think about the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury fight in Saudi Arabia

Why is Cristiano Ronaldo at the Jake Paul fight?

Ronaldo joined Saudi Pro League club Al-Nassr FC in a surprising and lucrative mid-season move following his acrimonious United exit.

The club is based in Riyadh, which is only around a 20-minute drive from the Diriyah Arena where Paul and Fury will fight.

Al-Nassr are not in action again until Friday March 3, having gone top of the Saudi league with the help of Ronaldo's hat-trick on Saturday.

As well as MMA megastar McGregor, Ronaldo has shown his interest in boxing by posing with pugilist stars such as Floyd Mayweather — the most successful fighter of the modern era.

The former Real Madrid top scorer has also socialised with one of McGregor's former arch-rivals: ex-UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

How to watch Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury

Country Date Channel + Live Stream
(main card) United States Sun. February 26 ESPN+ PPV Canada Sun. February 26 FITE.tv, DAZN United Kingdom Sun. February 26 BT Sport Box Office Australia Mon. February 27 Foxtel, Kayo Sports

USA: Boxing fans in the U.S. can watch Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury on ESPN+ PPV.

Canada: In Canada, the fight is available on DAZN and FITE.tv. 

MORE: Sign up for DAZN to watch Paul vs. Fury in Canada 

UK: In the U.K., the fight will be available via BT Sport Box Office. 

Australia: In Australia, fans can tune in via Foxtel's Main Event and Kayo Sports.

Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury price: How much does Paul-Fury cost?

In the U.S., you will first need to pay $9.99 for a monthly subscription to ESPN+ or a full-year subscription of $99.99. The Paul vs. Fury fight on PPV will cost $49.99.

MORE: Sign up to watch Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury on ESPN+

Product Prices ESPN+ Monthly Subscription $9.99 / month ESPN+ Annual Subscription $99.99 / year The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported $13.99 / month The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads $19.99 / month

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

In the UK, the fight will be broadcast on BT Sport Box Office for £19.99.

When is Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury? Date: Sunday, February 26 Main card: 2 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. GMT | 6 a.m. AEDT Main event: 4:30p.m. ET | 9:30 p.m. GMT | 8:30 a.m. AEDT

Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury takes place on February 26. The main card starts at 2 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. GMT | 6 a.m. AEDT.

Paul and Fury should make their way to the ring around 4:30 p.m. ET | 9:30 p.m. GMT | 8:30 a.m. AEDT, depending on how long the undercard fights last.

MORE: Debating the pros and cons of Jake Paul's fight vs. Tommy Fury

Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury fight card Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury; Cruiserweights Ilunga Makabu vs. Badou Jack for the WBC cruiserweight title Ziyad Almaayouf vs. Ronnald Martinez; Super-Lightweights Muhsin Cason vs. Taryel Jafarov; Cruiserweights, Bader Samreen vs. Viorel Simion; Lightweights 

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