Paddy Pimblett is 'the next big thing' and has the potential to 'be as big as Conor McGregor'

Tyson Fury's father John has hailed UFC star Paddy Pimblett 'as the next big thing'

Tyson Fury's father John has hailed UFC star Paddy Pimblett 'as the next big thing' after his debut win at UFC Fight Night: Derek Brunson vs Darren Till.   

The 26-year-old Liverpudlian was one of four fighters to earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night as he showed off his improved striking skills to knock out Luigi Vendramini at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on September 4.  

By his own admission, 'Gypsy' John isn't exactly all that clued up when it comes to the UFC.  

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But after praising 28-year-old heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall, Fury Sr was equally gushing in his praise for Pimblett.

The trio recently starred together with UFC flyweight Molly McCann in a special episode of 'Fury Road' on BT Sport's YouTube channel ahead of Tyson's trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder

"Do you know what? What a nice kid," Fury exclusively told GIVEMESPORT.

"He is the most unlikely looking fighter or boxer I've ever seen, but he's got that look behind his eyes.

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"You can see he can suddenly change from 'Paddy the Goody' to mad 'Paddy the Baddy' quick as a flash but I like that about him.

"I'm fully onboard the 'Paddy the Goody' bandwagon!"

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They make an unlikely duo, the lad from Liverpool and man from County Galway, but they are both united by their love of fighting - even if Fury Sr thinks Pimblett bears an uncanny resemblance to his son Tommy Fury's arch-nemesis, Jake Paul

"I did think he looked a lot like Jake Paul,  but believe me, fabulous kid," he admitted.

"Do you know what, since I met him, I did a bit of research on him, I looked him up on the Internet and what-not, and I really like him.

"He's a game kid. I think he can go far. He can be the next big thing.

"He's got the looks, he's got the charisma, he's got everything right about him.

"I think he's going to be a big star, 'Paddy the Baddy', I really do.

"He can be as big as Conor McGregor, there or thereabouts, that's what I think anyway."

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