Jake Paul’s Dream Crushed as Tommy Fury Takes Over: Boxing World Reacts to WBC’s New Rankings

Published 03/16/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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It seems like yesterday when one of the most highly anticipated fights finally took place in Saudi Arabia after a wait of more than two years. The fight took place in Diriyah Arena and WBC awarded Tommy Fury a unique ‘Diriyah Belt’ after winning the bout against Jake Paul. Fury and Paul went at each other for 8 whole rounds. Fury finally secured the win via a split decision in the end. Fans are waiting for the rematch between the duo. Paul, who lost the fight, was promised a ranking on WBC Cruiserweight if he triumphed over Fury.

Therefore, it is not surprising when the young Fury himself entered the list after handing a defeat to the ‘Problem Child’. For this fight, WBC even made a custom championship belt for the winner, to intensify the importance of their ranking claim. In a recent tweet, boxing reporter Micheal Benson reported the news of the Englishman officially entering the rankings.

In the tweet, he shared, “Tommy Fury has now entered the WBC cruiserweight rankings at #39 following his win over Jake Paul. Viddal Riley has also entered at #40.” This news has left Fury’s fans celebrating and sharing their responses to the news on Twitter.


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Fans’ response to Tommy Fury receiving a rank on WBC

Tommy Fury was ranked #39 in the WBC cruiserweight rankings after defeating Jake Paul. Viddal Riley also made it to the rankings at #40. Fans had mixed reactions to the rankings.

One fan HonestBoxingFan expressed concern about Fury’s ranking and felt that he should not be placed anywhere near Viddal Riley, who they felt would easily defeat him.

Another fan, Flip_3xx, was surprised that Fury ranked above Viddal.

Another fan OuiCordonBleu was critical of the Englishman’s inclusion in the ranking.

He stated that without his last name, he would not even be on the list.

One fan, V_Cruzzin expressed disappointment in boxing and felt that the sport had become a joke.

XrHempy compared boxing to WWE, implying that it was becoming more about entertainment than sport.

On the other hand, one fan OnionRingsFroch felt that Fury would easily defeat Viddal.


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Finally, one fan ellMCFC_ believed that defeating a boxing great like Jake Paul should have earned Fury a higher ranking, perhaps in the top 5.


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Overall, now that Furyhas received his ranking on the cruiserweight list, he is going to have a lot of eyes on him. It will be interesting to see what he has to offer next. Meanwhile, do share your opinion on the situation.

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Chirag Radhyan

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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Honors and is a keen follower of Western Boxing. His journey of love for the sport bloomed in his puberty when he first saw a video of the fight where Mike Tyson TKO'ed Donovan in the seventh round.

Edited By: Amal Joyce