Jake Paul has drafted in former cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham to help with his preparations for his bout with Tommy Fury.

Paul will face Fury, who is the younger brother of world heavyweight champion Tyson, on December 18 in Miami, and has been joined in his Puerto Rican training camp by Cunningham.

Tyson made his American debut against Cunningham back in 2013, and was dropped by the American before eventually securing a stoppage finish in the seventh round.

And now it appears that Cunningham is back in the Fury family's minds, as he was photographed training with Paul's assistant coach J'Leon Love in the YouTube star's camp.

Cunningham and Paul have some history together having shared the card when the social media sensation knocked out Ben Askren back in April.

Steve Cunningham with Jake Paul's assistant coach J'Leon Love (

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Cunningham faced former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir on that card, and laboured to a unanimous decision win despite the vast difference in boxing experience.

Paul recently returned to training in preparation for his fight with Fury with head coach BJ Flores having recently returned to Puerto Rico following a brief holiday.

His last outing came against Tyron Woodley, whom he beat by split decision at the RocketMortgage Fieldhouse in his home town of Cleveland, Ohio.

Fury made his American debut on the undercard of the event, winning a unanimous decision against Paul's sparring partner Anthony Taylor in the opening fight of the night.

It remains to be seen what Cunningham's role will be in Paul's camp, or how long he will be involved, but it appears that he will be involved in some capacity judging by Love's Instagram post.

"Good smoke today [Steve]," Love said in the caption of a mirror selfie taken by the pair, seemingly after a training session.

The Fury brothers have very different fighting styles, but Cunningham does know a thing or two about fighting a Fury, with the current world heavyweight champion claiming he was one of his hardest opponents.

"I fought Steve Cunningham, he was a very good cruiserweight world champion, 215lbs, 6ft 3in, chiselled," Fury told BT Sport years later, after watching his rival Anthony Joshua lose to a former cruiserweight champion in Oleksandr Usyk.

"He gave me one of my hardest fights I've ever had, but what happened in the end of that fight? It was brutal.

"And I didn't do it by outboxing him because I was getting outboxed. I had to go to the well to get the job done.

"Knock him spark out, only time he's ever been knocked out. Not too shabby."

An official announcement regarding Paul's fight with Fury is expected within days.

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