Jake Paul is apparently unimpressed with the latest win from longtime rival Tommy Fury. Paul said he would be interested in facing MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva rather than Fury.
Tommy Fury beat Daniel Bocianski on points earlier tonight in the PPV event opener Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte. After his dominating performance against Bocianski, Fury called out Jake Paul. ‘TNT’ went so far as to vow to end Paul’s boxing career.
In an interview, Ariel Helwani then asked Paul what he thought of Fury’s win over Bocianski. “The Problem Child” responded by mocking Fury, indicating that he would pursue a fight against Silva instead:
“Congrats on beating a fighter 10-1. But that stadium was empty. When I fight, the stadium is full. When Tommy fights, nobody cares. And that’s in his home country. Let’s see how the Anderson Silva event unfolds.
Paul is referring to the match against Silva which would be his next fight against fellow MMA veteran Bruno Machado in a 194-pound boxing bout.
The Silva-Machado match will take place on the undercard exhibition boxing event Floyd Mayweather vs. Dan Moore at the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 14. Paul, for his part, said he plans to return to the ring in August. It is still unclear who he will face in his next fight.
John McCarthy urges Jake Paul to fight Anderson Silva next
Regardless of his incredible star power and box office draw, the fact remains that Jake Paul (5-0) is still a promising player in the realm of professional boxing. Paul is known for taking on older, mostly retired MMA fighters in the boxing ring – something he has drawn a lot of criticism for.
Former MMA referee John McCarthy recently explained that since Paul was ready to face MMA veterans in the boxing ring, UFC legend Anderson Silva would be the perfect next match for him. On the Weighing podcast, McCarthy said:
“Anderson Silva is your man. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He’s your size. He’s an active fighter. He’s an active boxer. He’s an MMA legend. So, if you want to try and beat another MMA legend, this guy actually is. So he’s gonna be the guy who’s going to be the first real MMA legend. So if you beat him, you’re doing something, even s “He’s 47. Take on Anderson Silva. It’ll prove something to me.”
Watch the Weighing In podcast below: