Tommy Fury believes his poor performance against Anthony Taylor was the perfect "trap" to help him secure his upcoming fight against Jake Paul.

Fury outpointed Taylor on the undercard of Paul's split-decision victory over Woodley in Cleveland earlier this year.

It set up the rivalry between the pair for their grudge match which has now been confirmed for December 18 in Florida.

The 22-year-old believes that if Paul's team are "banking" on him collapsing under the added pressure, he will easily prevail on the night.

"If I was fighting a world champion who has been undefeated for ten years there would be pressure," Fury told Queensberry Promotions.

Tommy Fury defeated Anthony Taylor back in August (

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"They are banking on me to get shaky legs and twitchy before the fight but it isn't happening.

"They have looked at my last fight and thank god they have, because all I am going to say to the millions of people watching, is that you have to do certain things to get certain fights.

"If they have been stupid enough to fall for that trap which they have because I am sitting here now, let them keep watching that fight. I am going to come out like a caged animal because this is the fight that I wanted.

"Would knocking his sparring partner clean out have got me this fight? No it wouldn't, he would have run a mile. This game is about brains and I have a lot more than him clearly."

Fury has only fought limited opposition during his short career with Paul representing his toughest task to date.

And he failed to impress on his American audition against Taylor earlier this year, which has led to some people inside the sport backing Paul to derail the promising young star's career.

The Briton will be backed in his corner by his heavyweight champion sibling Tyson who has also began training him for the showdown against Paul.

His presence around the event is expected to generate further hype with both fighters already holding a combined social media following of 30 million.

The pound-for-pound star also backed Fury's claim by conceding the performance was "deliberately terrible" to set up the ring meeting.

"No," Fury replied when asked if Tommy would have secured his shot at Paul by stopping Taylor. "Tommy looked terrible on purpose so he could get this fight, that is what clever people do.

"Tommy could have his worst night ever and still beat Jake Paul. He could probably turn up with broken ribs, a broken left hand, two left feet, his clothes on back to front and a flue and he would still beat him.

"That is how confident I am that he can beat Jake Paul."

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