Jake Paul has a hard time avoiding boxing ex-ultimate fighting champions, despite his best efforts.
After fights with Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr. fell through earlier this month, an initial rumor from NoSmokeBoxing on Monday stated that Paul would fight former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a Showtime pay-per-view headliner on October 29.
Paul has a perfect professional boxing record of 5-0, including a knockout victory over Ben Askren and two victories over Tyron Woodley through decision and knockout.
The YouTuber hasn’t fought since knocking out Woodley in the sixth round in December of 2021.
Paul’s reputation as a boxer has been questioned due to his lack of fights against traditional boxers; this trend is likely to continue with Silva.
What sets Silva, 47, apart is how well he’s adjusted to life in the ring since his departure from the UFC in late 2020. In 2021,
Silva defeated former UFC champion Tito Ortiz by knockout and then took a split decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in eight rounds.
In a May exhibition match versus Bruno Machado, Silva also demonstrated his fearsome skills