JAKE PAUL has been given the green light to fight Tommy Fury next by his coach BJ Flores.
And former cruiserweight contender Flores admitted he ‘didn’t expect too much’ from Fury’s recent win over Paul’s sparring partner Anthony Taylor.
The 2019 Love Island star beat Taylor over four rounds in late August, the night Paul claimed victory over ex-UFC champion Tyron Woodley.
It set Fury, 22, and the YouTuber, 24, up for a potential fight next and Flores revealed he has already given his approval.
He told The Mirror: “I didn’t expect much out of Tommy to be honest.
“Anthony can make people look bad, and look he didn’t do enough to win rounds but he made it competitive and I didn’t really expect much from Tommy anyway.
“Everybody’s on Tommy’s nuts but I didn’t expect too much from him, he didn’t have the amateur career and it’s tough to go out there and perform.
“It’s not easy and people don’t realise how tough it is. He could still be a potential opponent, he’s somebody we could definitely fight, we’ll see.
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“We’ll see what happens, I’ll let Nakisa [Bidarian, Paul’s manager] work on that, I let him handle that side of things.
“We talk about it, but he comes up with better ideas than I do.”
Fury moved to 7-0 with his win over Taylor while Paul went to 4-0 with the biggest victory of his career.
It added to KO wins over online rival ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, also 37, previously.
Talks between Fury and Paul are believed to be underway and Flores revealed training could start as early as next week.
He said: “He’s already ready to come back. This guy is a serious kid, trust me, he’s very, very serious.
“He won’t take that much time off. The guy is obsessed, he loves boxing.
“He won’t take much time off at all, he’ll want to be back sooner than [next year], and we really need to.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum right now, a lot of things we can improve on and work on, we just need to get back to the drawing board.
“It’s obviously a work in progress, so we need to keep working and stay focused, that’s kind of our mentality in our camp.
“We’re always getting better, we’re always improving, and we don’t feel like we can afford to take months off and sit around.”