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Jake Paul’s next match will be against a legend – her glory days are long overdue

He has such a dotted face

He has such a dotted face
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Look at Jake Paul rising from his competition – by name recognized in the fighting world at least.

The social media influencer turned boxer has moved smartly throughout his professional fighting career. He started with a first-round knockout for YouTube star, AnEsonGib. He then eliminated former NBA guard Nate Robinson – famous for needing 15 attempts in a dunk competition and to treat J.R. Smith. Then Paul Ben Askrin was expelled anywhere close to fasting as Jorge Masvidal had done.

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Most recently, Paul faced off against a true former combat athlete, Tyron Woodley. Former UFC Welterweight Champion made Paul look vulnerable for the first time in his career. Paul won the first fight by split decision, then earned some real respect as a fighter when he knocked out Woodley in a rematch.

It looks like Paul has settled on his next opponent, the biggest name in his short professional career. The opponent is still not a real professional boxer, but one of the most legendary fighters who beat another human for money. according to Multiple portsPaul Anderson Silva – the Ultimate Fighting Championship record holder for most consecutive wins – will fight in October. Ariel Halawani, a combat sports insider tweeted serious discussionsbut nothing is final.

Silva has fought two professional boxing matches since leaving the UFC. He defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz, who is also a former mayor of Huntington Beach, California. Then in his second fight, Silva faced former professional boxing champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The son of the legend who bears his name had a successful career with 59 wins and six losses and a one-time WBC Middleweight Championship. He lost weight in his December bout with Silva and lost by split decision.

When Silva was winning those 16 fights in a row in the UFC, at the time he was the greatest striker the sport had ever seen. He dodged opposing hits like Roy Jones Jr. and Muhammad Ali, and while his nickname was spider, Silva would hit like a cobra.

As wonderful as it was, the time finally comes for everyone. Once he was out in the octagon against Chris Weidman in 2013 and broke his leg in a rematch, the legend was no more. He fought in the UFC for another eight years but scored only one win.

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This newfound success as a boxer is a testament to Silva’s skill level, but he is 47 years old. Chavez Jr. is younger than him, but at the age of 36 he has fought professionally more than 60 times. Paul has nowhere near the lineage of Chavez Jr. or Silva, but he is only 25 years old.

The age difference is 22 years. Once again, a great choice by Paul. Most boxers early in their careers who participate in these six to eight rounds fights are people whose names have no cache. Paul was already a star, despite being accused of it Workplace bullying and sexual assault During that period of his career which he denies. His career transition to being punched in the face for a living was a bit odd, but it immediately drew him to a point. As he and his team choose his opponents carefully while gradually improving, he can make huge sums of money in the early stages of his career by fighting people with a name, who are unlikely to hurt him in the ring.

However, Silva poses a legitimate threat to Paul’s undefeated record. He’s the first person Paul has encountered and he can literally look him in the eye. Woodley was good, but only 5ft 9ft. Part of Robinson’s fame comes from his lack of height, and Askrin doesn’t break the six-foot barrier. Silva is 6ft 2 and has won professional fights with a weight limit of 205lbs.

If Silva was 38, with the same two professional boxing wins under his belt, I would have thought Paul was in trouble. But since Silva is not a boxer, and he pushed 50, I don’t see a victory in The Spider’s future.

This fight is definitely a step forward in the competition for Paul, but it’s the perfect choice. The win here takes Paul another giant leap forward in credibility to defeat someone who isn’t a professional boxer again, in this case, closer to his AARP age from the start of his career.

Paul lays out a blueprint for anyone famous enough to make a lot of money without getting hit in the face, to make as much money as possible from living the life of a social media star to that of a fighter. I think that’s good for him.

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