Tommy Fury ditches father as trainer for Shane McGuigan ahead of Jake Paul fight

The former reality TV star is preparing for a fight against the American on August 6.

Tommy Fury is set to appoint Shane McGuigan as his trainer for the upcoming grudge match against Jake Paul.

The pair have been rivals for some time and were originally scheduled to meet in December of last year only for Fury to pull out due to a broken rib and a chest infection.

They will meet on August 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York and Fury has made the decision to pick McGuigan as his cornerman.

John Fury - father of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury as well as Tommy - is unable to attend the fight in America due to visa issues.

It means Tommy has been on the search for a replacement and it is expected to be McGuigan who takes over.

The trainer - son of legend Barry McGuigan - has made his own name in the sport as a coach and is regarded as one of the world's best.

He has previously guided Carl Frampton to world glory in two divisions, unified the light welterweight division with Josh Taylor and more recently Lawrence Okolie to the WBO cruiserweight title.

Fury - currently 8-0 as a professional - confirmed the fight last week in a social media post.

"After weeks and weeks of waiting for Jake Paul to sign up to the drugs testing - and potentially putting the fight at risk - he's finally signed up to the drug testing," Fury said.

"We've agreed a contract that we're happy with, so the fight is going ahead and I'll see you August 6."

Fury was responding to a post by Paul 24 hours before, accusing him of ducking a potential fight with him.

He said: "Tommy Fury, you pulled out last year. Then you agree to fight me now but your dad is trying to pull you out again?

"We've given you everything you asked for. $2million purse. VADA testing. Tampons. You have 24 hours to clear this up or I will never give you this opportunity."

Paul, meanwhile, will be trained by former cruiserweight contender BJ Flores and currently has a record of 5-0, including two wins over former UFC world champion Tyron Woodley.

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