JAKE PAUL has claimed Tommy Fury "didn't win the fight" but he instead "lost it" due to a certain number of reasons.
Fury returned home from Saudi Arabia with bragging rights and his unbeaten record after edging the celebrity grudge match on points.
But Paul has come out swinging in defence of his first ever loss and insisted the result is solely down to his shortcomings in the ring that night.
He said on his brother's podcast: "Tommy didn't win the fight, I lost it.
"I was not good, I was not on my A-game. I didn't implement the gameplan, my legs were weak going into the fight.
"I think I cut the weight improperly in such like a seven-week camp as normally we do a 12-week camp.
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"We squeezed in this camp, but I don't want to sit here and make excuses. I lost the fight, I wasn't at my best and it's that simple."
Paul, 26, saw a point deducted in round five due to punches in the back of the head.
Fury, 23, was also docked a point in the sixth for holding and was floored in the final round but still won a split-decision.
Paul stepped up to face a recognised professional boxer for the first time in his seven-bout career and admitted he felt the occasion.
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He said: "I think a little bit of pressure is good but I had a lot of pressure and the stakes kept getting higher and higher each fight.
"Now there is definitely more relaxation going into the next one. A lot of things played into the [loss], even getting a point deducted in the beginning of the fight.
"I don't know, it's the hardest sport in the world and you have to have a peak moment.
"You're only able to show up in that one moment on that one night. Whatever you're feeling then you can't really fake it.
"I was flat, very very flat. I beat him like eight to nine times out of ten, this just happened one of those times. He stepped up to the plate."
Paul is set to exercise his rematch clause amid rumours of a sequel after the first fight sold around 775,000 pay-per-views.
He said: "I don't see where there is not a reason to run it back at some point.
"The business side of it was massive, it was one of the biggest events in boxing in recent years. It'll probably be the biggest fight of this year, it's massive."
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