World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman made good on his promise to get MMA veteran Francis Ngannou a high ranking within his organization.
Ngannou has landed the number 10 spot in the WBC's next set of official rankings.
The sanctioning body solidified their decision at their ongoing annual convention in Uzbekistan.
Last month in Saudi Arabia, Ngannou made his professional debut against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Because Ngannou had no ranking, the fight was contested as a non-title fight.
While most expected a complete mismatch, Ngannou shocked the boxing world when he dropped Fury with a hard left hand in the third round.
Fury, who suffered a cut on his forehead and badly bruised eye, had a lot of trouble with the awkward style of Ngannou.
The former UFC champion came close to a massive upset when the contest reached the scorecards - as Fury walked away with a ten round split decision. Two judges tabbed Fury as the winner with scores of 95-94 and 96-93, while a third scored the fight for Ngannou with a 95-94 tally.
Sulaiman was very impressed with Ngannou's performance and saw a future for him as a ranked contender with the WBC.
Ngannou, 37, will look to continue his career in boxing in 2024.
Fury is scheduled to collide with unified champion Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed fight in February. There is a two-way rematch clause, but there is no guarantee that either fighter will exercise that option.
Ngannou is hungry to face Fury for a second time - and he's willing to sit on the boxing sidelines until Fury has handled his business with Usyk.
"I would be willing to wait [for Fury to fight Usyk]. I know that they are going to fight, they had a contract already, so they are going to fight sometime in February instead of December 23, which is my fault. I shouldn't have cut him. He would've fought December 23, and maybe we would've run it back early next year," Ngannou told TMZ.