Jake Paul makes ‘respectful’ prediction regarding Anderson Silva boxing fight
Talk is cheap, and Jake Paul knows that. Now, he’s on the verge of facing some high-profile competition in the boxing ring, taking on his biggest test to date against someone he has looked up to for years. On October 29, Paul will step into the ring against MMA legend Anderson Silva inside the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Paul was hoping to face a real boxer before fighting Silva, as stated on The MMA Hour not long ago. However, once his fights with Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. were nixed, a Silva matchup was ripe for the taking.
Now official, Paul will look to make the most of this opportunity.
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Making his pro boxing debut in 2020, Paul is 5-0 with four wins via knockout. He has faced YouTubers, NBA players, and MMA fighters. A Tommy Fury fight was scrapped after Fury couldn’t secure a visa to enter the United States. Paul was supposed to fight Rahman inside Madison Square Garden (like Fury), but there were issues regarding Rahman’s weight. Now, he faces one of the greatest combat sports stars in the world.
Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion with over 34 wins to his name. He also has a 3-1 boxing record. Silva competed in a boxing ring in 1998 and 2005, going 1-1. He returned in 2021 after he left the UFC. “The Spider” beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision and knocked out Tito Ortiz. In May, he fought Bruno Machado in a non-scored bout.
It was a very cordial press conference to kick off fight week. Silva doesn’t believe there is any pressure as an MMA fighter to beat Paul. Living in the moment, Silva did give some praise to Paul for helping the sport of boxing grow in many ways.
“Everybody needs to respect this guy here,” Silva stated at the kickoff press conference. “Why? He’s opening the door for everybody to think about something new. I’m so excited! Many, many years ago, he came with his brother and I took a picture with him, it’s insane. I’ve fought a lot in my life and I’m here again. It’s a new generation and I continue here.”
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Paul, who took another picture with his brother Logan and Silva to recreate the photo Silva mentioned, respects Silva. He appreciates that the 47-year-old doesn’t want to cause any drama like his previous opponents. “The Problem Child” still believes he has what it takes to beat Silva.
Anderson Silva is the nicest guy in the world. And we love him… I respect this man. I’m still going to knock him out. But respectfully, knock him out.
When it comes to how the fight will end, Paul believes the bout (an eight-round affair) won’t go past five rounds.