Jake Paul, at age 25, is seeking to prove his worth as a fighter by defeating Silva, but Hearn, who is in charge of promoting the bout, believes that Paul made a mistake by choosing Silva as his opponent.
Even though Hearn admits he doesn’t know much about Silva, he still feels Paul’s victory over the 47-year-old UFC icon does nothing to progress his career or legitimize him in the eyes of those who claim he doesn’t belong on the pro circuit.
Hearn is picking Paul to win but doesn’t think the 25-year-old is doing himself any favors by fighting another former MMA champion with limited experience in the boxing ring.
“I don’t know enough about Anderson Silva — Anderson is , but he can box a bit by the sound of things,” Hearn said.
“I just think that Jake’s been a bit unlucky because he was trying to fight Tommy Fury, he was trying to fight Hasim Rahman Jr., and that would have actually given him the ability to say, ‘Actually, you have to respect me now as a boxer.’”
“To defeat Anderson Silva, while boxing is still a very impressive part of his repertoire, he’s still not a boxer, and he’s 47 years of age,” Hearn added.
“But he’s a tough guy, he has a huge profile, he can box, and I think he’ll be competitive. I don’t think he beats Jake, because I think Jake is young, and I think he can punch a bit, and I’m intrigued to watch, and I like what Jake’s doing. It’s kind of him against the world.”
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