“Absolutely Pathetic Where It’s Going”: WBC Introducing New Championship Belt for Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury Draws Ire From Boxing World

Published 02/23/2023, 11:15 AM EST

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Youtube sensation Jake Paul is set to face the biggest challenge of his boxing career against former Love Island star Tommy Fury. The Ohio-based internet star is coming off a win over former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and is now on the quest to face higher level completion. Moreover, he would be looking to address the criticism thrown his way about the opponents he chooses with Fury being a great potential matchup against him.

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The bout is set to take place on February 25th at the Diriyah arena in Saudi Arabia. However, it seems like the WBC is ready to up the stakes for this fight as they have come out and introduced an official title belt which will be awarded to the winner of this fight.

WBC introduced a title belt for Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury

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TalkSport reporter Michael Benson revealed that the WBC will award a brand new ‘Diriyah Championship to the winner of this fight and even gave us a glimpse into the design of the belt.

The WBC have created a new special WBC ‘Diriyah Champion’ belt which will be awarded to the winner of Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury this weekend…” wrote Benson

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A few days ago the governing body also revealed that the winner of this fight will be awarded an official raking in the WBC. Moreover, this is not the first time that the body has tried to cater to Paul, even offering him a ranking if he won against Hasim Rahman Jr. before the fight was called off. Despite this, the fans were not happy at the privileged treatment that Paul and Fury were getting and were quick to slam this announcement.

Fans slam WBC for introducing a new title

A user named Ace Ventura wondered why the WBC would resort to such measures in spite of being a professional organization.

Another user named Pandy claimed that he even had a chance of having a WBC belt with the number of belts being introduced.

Moreover, a user name Jamie Clark stated that the WBC which was once the pinnacle of boxing was now a laughing stock.

A user named Reece Price even called this a mockery of the sport and was not happy about the direction it is going in.

Another user named Gary Kavanugh hilariously mocked the belt and made fun of it.

Lastly, a user named Tom Levis  could not understand why the WBC was so eager to give Paul a belt and put him in the rankings.

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The fans were certainly not too keen on this new belt which does not hold a lot of value when it comes to prestige. However, this problem has long plagued boxing with former champion Floyd Mayweather Jr also claiming that there are too many champions in the sport. Despite this, it would be hard for ‘The Problem Child’ to reject the preferential treatment he is getting from the WBC and will look to rid the wave of his success in the sport till he losses.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.
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