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Jake Paul could enter division that made Oleksandr Usyk a champion and where Tony Bellew reigned, but he is more interested in crossover fights with Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor

Jake Paul could enter division that made Oleksandr Usyk a champion and where Tony Bellew reigned, but he is more interested in crossover fights with Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor

By Cameron Temple

It seems Jake Paul is a man with endless options and now WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman, has just provided him with some more.

On August 6, he will headline Madison Square Garden against Hasim Rahman Jr and if he wins then he will be rewarded with a ranking.

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Paul has been offered a ranking in boxing’s cruiserweight division if he wins his next fight

He will headline New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden against Rahman Jr

He will headline New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden against Rahman Jr

Rahman Jr, son of the former heavyweight Hasim Rahman, is the first legitimate professional boxer Paul will come up against, with a record of 12-1 (6 KO’s).

With that being said, he is not ranked in any weight class by the WBC, but that has not stopped Sulaiman, offering Paul a ranking should he overcome his latest challenge.

“Coming August 6, Jake Paul will take on Hasim Rahman Jr,” he said. “Winning this fight will earn him a WBC boxing ranking.”

This will put Paul within the top 40 of the organisation’s cruiserweight division, within touching distance of the top 15 where a world title shot would become possible.

There are options available to Paul at cruiserweight, as he has previously been called out by the former IBF champion, Mairis Briedis.

There have also been talks of a clash with former WBC champion, Tony Bellew, and if he’s feeling really ambitious there is the former undisputed cruiserweight champion and current unified heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.


With that being said, Paul himself seems more interested in moving back to lucrative crossover and celebrity bouts after he has dealt with Rahman Jr.

“After this I’ll do whatever I want,” he told talkSPORT. “What criticisms can people make after this?

“I think there’s bigger fights out there in the crossover MMA world, that’s like Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva.

“So, we’ll see what ends up happening, but after this fight I’m going to focus on doing anything I want.”

Source: Talksport.

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