If he defeats Tommy Fury later this month, Jake Paul will receive a spot in the rankings in the WBC cruiserweight division. The popular YouTuber just started boxing professionally in January 2020, and many of his followers were doubtful about his chances of success.
However, he has improved his record to 6-0. WBC has said that if he wins the match with Fury on February 26, he would enter their top 40 rankings.
According to a WBC announcement: “If Jake Paul wins vs Tommy Fury, the WBC will rank him in the cruiserweight division. Jake Paul has been close to the WBC for several years… The WBC will not tolerate discrimination against anyone, he deserves the opportunities that any other boxer has.”
Paul was scheduled to face Hasim Rahman Jr. in August of last year. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman tweeted that if Paul won, he would enter their rankings. However, the match was eventually cancelled.
Although Paul boasts wins against MMA icons Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva on his resume, he has drawn criticism for not taking on a known boxer. However, that will all change later this month in Saudi Arabia. Jake Paul will face Tommy Fury, a professional boxer with an 8-0 record.
Their widely awaited event has already been postponed twice. However, it is scheduled to take place at a catchweight of 185 pounds. Paul will still enter the 200-pound division rankings if he wins.
Paul has previously said that he wants to win the world title before hanging up his gloves. He also wishes to face Canelo Alvarez in the future. Alvarez is one of the best in the world in his weight class.
Following the WBC’s announcement, a victory in Saudi Arabia might bring him one step closer to realizing his ambition.
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