WBC recently created a special championship belt for the winner of the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury boxing match, which airs on ESPN+ and FITE+ pay-per-view (PPV) this Sunday (Feb. 26, 2023) from Diriyah Arena in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. The victor will be recognized as “Diriyah Champion” which boxing fans — following the old playground homophone rule — have now labeled “Diarrhea Champion.”
I guess it’s a step up from the MVP belt.
“The World Boxing Council has created the Diriyah Strap to recognize the importance of ‘The Truth’ to the boxing scene as this event continues supporting the growth of our sport by bringing new viewership,” WBC wrote on social media. “Jake has dedication and respect to the sport and Tommy Fury, from the Fury boxing dynasty, represents a clear challenge to Paul in a battle of two undefeated professional boxers.”
Not surprisingly, bitter boxing fans are torching WBC on social media.
“A slap in the face to any real professional fighter that’s busted his ass just to pay bills usually while holding down a full time job,” one fan wrote on the WBC Instagram page. “I can go to any local gym and find guys all day that would be competitive with these two.”
“All boxers have a dedication and respect for the sport a lot more than Jake Paul,” another added. “Most do it all their lives fighting for nothing in small halls while working 9-5 jobs selling their own tickets and trying to build a name by fighting in the ring, so should they all get a belt?”
The Paul vs. Fury main card gets underway at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) and costs $49.99 to stream (watch it here). Odds available at DraftKings Sportsbook.