Later this month, the former YouTuber who has turned into a professional boxer is scheduled to fight against Fury in Saudi Arabia. The upcoming fight is planned for eight rounds and comes after two previous attempts to organize a fight between the two individuals failed.
In December 2021, Fury was unable to participate in the scheduled fight due to a bacterial infection and a broken rib. Later, in August 2022, he withdrew from the fight again for unspecified reasons.
If Paul emerges victorious, he will be awarded a cruiserweight world ranking, as confirmed by Mauricio Sulaiman, the President of WBC.
"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," the WBC said.
Last year, Paul was scheduled to fight Hasim Rahman Jr and would have earned a ranking if he had won, but the fight was called off after Paul accused Rahman of refusing to meet the agreed weight limit.
So far, Paul has won all of his six professional fights, but they were against various other athletes from different sports who have also crossed over to boxing. Fury, on the other hand, comes from a boxing background, making him Paul's first opponent with such experience.
Paul spoke about his aspirations for the world championship title in boxing in an interview with Sky Sports News prior to his fight with Fury. "I want to become a world champion. I'm going to become a world champion, and these fights are all just stepping stones to get there. I'm slowly improving," he said.
"I've sparred against world champions and done phenomenal against them, so who knows what can happen in two to three years from now when I go into my athletic prime? I'm starting to really, really get this sport and all aspects of it.