Jake Paul to earn world ranking if he beats Tommy Fury in grudge match
Jake Paul has been told he will receive a WBC cruiserweight ranking if he defeats Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia.
After years of jibing, the pair are finally set to settle their differences next weekend in Diriyah, with YouTuber Paul the surprise favourite against Fury.
Paul, 26, is yet to taste defeat in his career to date but in ex-Love Island star Fury, he faces his first fight against an actual boxer.
The fight on February 26 is at a catchweight of 185lb, which is 15lb below the cruiserweight limit, but the WBC have confirmed Paul will receive a ranking if he emerges victorious.
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A statement read: "WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, confirms that if Jake Paul wins his upcoming bout against Tommy Fury, The WBC ratings committee will rank him in the Cruiserweight division.
"Jake Paul has been close to The WBC for several years, starting with the first event promoted in the UK when his brother, Logan, fought KSI; On that night Jake won The WBC amateur belt in the undercard fights.
"Jake has dedication and respect to the sport and The WBC will not tolerate discrimination against anyone, he deserves the opportunities that any other boxer has. He demonstrated punching power and improved skills as well as a solid chin, Tommy Fury represents a clear challenge to Paul in a battle of two undefeated professional boxers.
"Jake has enrolled in VADA testing Clean Boxing Program, yet another strong reason to support his stance as a boxer."
The pressure all appears to be on 8-0 fighter Fury, who has been warned he will tarnish his brother Tyson's legacy, if he loses the fight.
The world heavyweight champion is set to be in his corner, alongside dad John, and Fury has promised he is ready to put on a show in Saudi Arabia.
"The two previous fights that didn't go ahead were completely out of my hands, they had nothing to do with me whatsoever. What happened is what happened, but I am fit, I am conditioned, I'm here, I'm ready and I will be in Saudi don't worry about that," he told the Mirror.
"From my perspective he's another journeyman who's going to get knocked clean out. I'm going to go 9-0 and then I'll go 10-0, then 11-0, 12-0 and he's going to be nowhere, back to YouTube!"
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