It seems like Jake Paul is a man with endless options and now WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has just provided him with more.
On August 6, he will headline Madison Square Garden against Hasim Rahman Jr and if he wins he will be rewarded with a ranking.
Rahman Jr, son of former heavyweight Hasim Rahman, is the first legitimate professional boxer Paul will meet, with a record of 12-1 (6 KOs).
That being said, he’s not ranked in any weight class by the WBC, but that didn’t stop Sulaiman from offering Paul a ranking should he overcome his latest challenge.
“On August 6, Jake Paul will face Hasim Rahman Jr,” he said. “Winning this fight will earn him a WBC boxing ranking.”
This will place Paul in the top 40 of the organization’s cruiserweight division, a touching distance from the top 15 where a world title would become possible.
There are options available for Paul at cruiserweight, as he was previously called up by former IBF champion Mairis Briedis.
There has also been talk of a matchup with former WBC champion, Tony Bellew, and if he’s feeling really ambitious, there’s former undisputed heavyweight champion and current unified heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
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That being said, Paul himself seems more interested in returning to lucrative crossovers and celebrity fights after dealing with Rahman Jr.
“After that I’ll do whatever I want,” he told talkSPORT. “What criticism can people make after this?
“I think there are bigger fights in the crossover world of MMA, it’s like Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva.
“So we’ll see what happens, but after this fight I’m going to focus on whatever I want.”