Jake Paul Talks Potential Canelo Alvarez And Anderson Silva Fights
YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, isn’t ruling out the possibility of sharing the ring with Canelo Alvarez and Anderson Silva in the future.
Paul is now 3-0 in his professional boxing career, having beaten fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and NBA superstar Nate Robinson in his first two pro fights, before earning the biggest win of his career when he stopped Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight titleholder Ben Askren in the very first round in April.
The 24-year-old has been accused of cherry-picking ‘easy opponents’, and dodging professional boxers. Paul is set for his toughest test to date on August 28th however, when he set to face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a boxing match.
Canelo Alvarez Fight
“I just want to continue to be the most disruptive boxer in the history of the sport,” Paul said. “That means taking this on a fight-by-fight basis and continuing to get even bigger and take on more and more serious opponents. If you told me where I was gonna be at three years ago, I wouldn’t believe you.
“So I don’t even wanna think about, or ‘cap’ myself, with the possibilities. I’m open-minded and I think anything is possible. I think I could be fighting against Canelo Alvarez for the WBC or the WBO championship belt. Why not, baby?”
With only three professional fights under his belt, Paul is still a long way off from realistically challenging Alvarez, who’s generally regarded as the pound-for-pound boxing king. ‘The Problem Child’ however, says that the ‘sky is the limit’ for him.
“A lot of people are afraid to try, they’re afraid to get up out of their seats, they’re afraid to do something different,” Paul said. “But that’s them, that’s not me. I know I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and that’s why there’s a difference between successful and non-successful people in this world. So really, the sky is the limit. It’s just about how seriously I take it, and I do take it seriously. More seriously than 99% of these ‘professional’ boxers that are out there.”
Anderson Silva ‘Did An Incredible Job’
Earlier this month, former UFC middleweight champion Silva shocked the boxing world when he beat former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by split-decision in their eight-round professional boxing match in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Paul said Silva’s performance proves that MMA strikers have legitimate boxing skills.
“Anderson’s 46 years old, and I thought he did an incredible job,” Paul said (as transcribed by MMA Junkie). “He was sticking and moving, bouncing around the ring, having fun, was throwing combos. He’s long and lanky and to come in there and beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who’s what, 50 wins in the ring? Is a world champion … this just goes to show that MMA strikers are also great boxers, and I think a lot of people forget that. That is the first skill that MMA fighters learn if they’re going to learn how to fight, is boxing. So I thought he looked amazing.”
Giving his thoughts on a potential fight with Silva, Paul said that anything’s possible, but he has another two more interesting opponents in mind for the Brazilian.
“Anything is possible,” Paul said. “I didn’t initially think of that, but my saying is ‘Anyone, any time, any place.’ But I think it’ll be more interesting to see Anderson Silva fight Roy Jones Jr. on my undercard, which is what I originally tweeted out there because he beat one legendary boxer, let’s see if he can beat another legendary boxer. Maybe there’s a fight for us down the road. I think there’s talks about him maybe fighting against my brother (Logan Paul). But Anderson’s a nice guy, and I respect him as a legend.”
Would you have any interest in seeing Jake Paul fight Canelo Alvarez or Anderson Silva in the boxing ring?