Many people say that Jake Paul isn’t a real boxer. People have been calling for Paul to fight a “real boxer” to prove that he wants to be one. And that’s what he is set to do next month against Tommy Fury.
If Paul is victorious over Fury, the doubters will likely move the goalposts and find another way to discredit him, but Paul will be rewarded with a number next to his name.
World Boxing Council (WBC) President Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed that Paul will earn an official ranking if he is victorious in March.
“WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, affirms that if Jake Paul wins his upcoming bout against Tommy Fury, The WBC Ratings Committee will rank him in the Cruiserweight division,” the organization said in a statement.
It continued: “Jake Paul has been close to The WBC for several years. It started with the first event promoted in the UK when his brother fought. That night, Jake won The WBC amateur belt [not an actual title] in the undercard fights. Jake has dedication and respect for the sport. The WBC will not tolerate discrimination against anyone. He deserves the opportunities that any other boxer has.
“He demonstrated punching power, improved skills, and a solid chin. Tommy Fury represents a clear challenge to Paul in a battle of two undefeated professional boxers.”
Of course, this doesn’t sit well with a lot of people who have criticized Paul throughout his boxing venture, but he continues to train and up the competition. We will have to see how he does in his toughest test to date when he squares off against Fury on February 26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The 23-year-old Fury is 8-0 in his professional boxing career with four knockouts. Like Paul, Fury brings some crossover appeal after starring on the hit UK reality series Love Island where he finished as the season’s runner-up.
The 26-year-old Paul, meanwhile, is 6-0 with four wins by knockout. In his last bout, Paul scored a unanimous decision victory over mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva.
In addition to Paul vs. Fury, the card will showcase Ashton “H2O” Sylve, an MVP undefeated fighter, as he is set to face former WBC world title challenger Maxwell Awuku 48-5-1 (33 KO’s) from Accra, Ghana. The fight will be an 8-round Super Featherweight bout.