There are rumors that are circulating this evening regarding Jake Paul‘s next boxing opponent. If true, Paul would be facing his stiffest test to date and he would be facing a man that is arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC.
Earlier this evening, there was a report circulating on Twitter stating that Jake Paul would be boxing Anderson Silva in October. This rumor also went along with tweets from Most Valuable Promotions and Jake Paul over the past few days.
These tweets talked about the fact that Paul would be an underdog to an opponent with a massive name. Well, if the rumors check out, it looks like Jake Paul is going to be boxing Anderson Silva in the headliner of a Showtime PPV card on October 29th.
Paul’s Boxing Competition Increases
The last time we saw Jake Paul in the boxing ring, he flatlined former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in their rematch. This year, Paul has stated that he wanted to up his competition. He was supposed to face Tommy Fury then Hasim Rahman Jr. Both of those fights ended up being cancelled.
Now, the rumor is that Paul is going to be boxing Anderson Silva. On the surface, one could roll their eyes at the fact that Paul is going to be taking on a 47-year-old Anderson Silva. However, The Spider has shown everyone that he’s cut from the Bernard Hopkins cloth if anything else.
Since exiting the UFC in 2020, Silva has had two pro boxing matchups and one exhibition. Most notably, he took on former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Silva has been perfect in the boxing ring and many have called for him to be an opponent for Jake Paul.
In terms of MMA name recognition, it doesn’t get bigger than Silva. Also, Silva is perfectly aligned with Paul from a size perspective. Jake Paul’s management team claims he will be the underdog in this matchup and he certainly should be.
Don’t let the age fool you, Anderson Silva is still lethal. He’s still remarkably fast and accurate. Make no mistake about it, Paul has never been in the ring with someone as sharp as Anderson Silva. Sure, he’s not boxing prime Anderson Silva, but nevertheless, this is going to be a massive hill for him to climb.