Paul is seeking to establish himself as the best talent with a make an impression on Silva but fight promoter Hearn thinks the 25-year-old has picked the incorrect opponent to silence his detractors.
Hearn admittedly doesnt know much about Silva but thinks a make an impression on the 47-year-old UFC legend does nothing to advance Pauls career or legitimize him in the eyes of these who claim he doesnt belong on the pro-circuit.
Hearn is picking Paul to win but doesnt think the 25-year-old does himself any favors by fighting another former MMA champion with limited experience in the boxing ring.
I dont know enough about Anderson Silva Anderson is , but he is able to box a little by the sound of things, Hearn told Ariel Helwani throughout a recent appearance on The MMA Hour (h/t MMA News). I simply believe Jakes been a little unlucky because he was attempting to fight Tommy Fury, he was attempting to fight Hasim Rahman Jr., and that could have actually given him the opportunity to say, Actually, you need to respect me now as a boxer.
To defeat Anderson Silva, while boxing continues to be an extremely impressive section of his repertoire, hes still not just a boxer, and hes 47 years, Hearn continued. But hes a hardcore guy, he’s got an enormous profile, he is able to box, and I believe hell compete. I dont think he beats Jake, because I believe Jake is young, and I believe he is able to punch a little, and Im intrigued to view, and I love what Jakes doing. Its sort of him contrary to the world.
To Pauls credit, he did make an effort to create a name for himself against Tommy Fury and Hasim Rahman Jr., but neither of these pro-fighters made the walk to the ring.
Paul is 5-0 in boxing with standout victories over former welterweight titleholders Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, along with his latest win being truly a sixth-round knockout of T-Wood at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, in Dec. 2021.