Jake Paul’s return to the ring is officially set, and while he has yet another MMA legend to fight, this time the fighter has also shown himself to be a capable boxer. Paul will face one of the greatest fighters of all time when he takes on Anderson Silva in the Showtime pay-per-view main event on October 29 in Phoenix, Arizona, the promotion announced Tuesday.
The bout will be held at 187 pounds limit and will have a maximum of eight rounds.
After Paul began his career with a string of victories against other social media stars, NBA players and mixed martial artists, talks intensified that Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) would face a “real” boxer. Several attempts were made for Paul to fight Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KOs), brother of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, the first fell apart after Fury was injured at camp and the second when Fury was denied entry to country. as part of his and his brother’s involvement with alleged crime boss Daniel Kinahan.
Then on August 6, Hasim Rahman Jr. (12-1, 6 KOs) was appointed to replace Fury. Despite Rahman fighting at heavyweight, the fight was negotiated at heavyweight with rehydration restrictions. It was eventually raised to 205 pounds and then Rahman stated that he could not make the weight and Paul’s team did not agree to raise the weight limit even higher, leading to another cancellation.
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“Anderson “Spider” Silva is the most versatile fighter the world has ever seen,” Paul said in a press release. “Just a year ago, he surpassed world boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and showed the world why he is often called the greatest fighter of all time. Every pundit, from MMA to boxing, has said that Jake Paul won’t fight Anderson. Silvia. They said that Jake Paul is afraid of Anderson Silva and Jake Paul will lose to Anderson Silva. Well, for all the non-believers – Jake Paul fights Anderson Silva. It’s an honor to be able to share the ring with the greatest UFC forward of all time. On Saturday, October 29th, I will humbly step into the ring, touch my gloves to a living legend, and do my best to destroy The Spider.
Although Silva (3-1, 2 KOs) doesn’t have as many fights in the boxing ring as Fury and Rahman, he has more wins on his record than both. In June 2021, the 47-year-old Silva dominated former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr with a split decision victory in a fight in which Chavez was ineligible to receive endorsement on any scorecard.
The fight with Chavez was Silva’s first professional boxing match since 2005. It was followed by a brutal knockout victory over fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and an exhibition bout against Bruno Machado.
While Silva’s age is certainly a factor, and his victory over Chavez came years after Chavez had ceased to be anything like an opponent, he is extremely skilled and uses a clumsy style that can embarrass any opponent, as he did during his career in MMA. win the UFC middleweight title and successfully defend it 10 times.
“I know that everything in life has a purpose,” Silva said. “Nothing comes just like that. Therefore, I thank God for my health, my family and my team for giving me the opportunity to continue doing what I love most. I believe this will be the biggest combat event of the year. and will truly go down in the history of sports forever. See you October 29th.”