Eddie Hearn, the promoter for Matchroom Boxing, claims that Jake Paul will defeat Anderson Silva, who was just inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame when they square off in the ring. The legendary Anderson Silva will be Jake Paul's opponent in his next bout, it was announced earlier this week after much discussion.
Paul would be facing off against a fighter with professional boxing experience for the first time in this fight, but despite their prior disagreements, Hearn predicted Paul will win for the sixth time in his budding pugilist career.
Hearn said on The MMA Hour that despite not knowing much about Silva's past, Paul's youth and agility will help him prevail on October 29.
'I don't know enough about Anderson Silva but he can box a bit by the sound of things,' Hearn said.
'To defeat Anderson Silva, while boxing is still a very impressive part of his repertoire, he's still not a boxer, and he's 47 years of age. But he's a tough guy, he has a huge profile, he can box, and I think he'll be competitive.
'I don't think he beats Jake, because I think Jake is young, and I think he can punch a bit, and I'm intrigued to watch, and I like what Jake's doing. It's kind of him against the world.'
The Matchroom boxing promoter praised Paul's efforts to establish himself as a fighter by challenging experienced opponents.
I just believe that Jake has been unlucky because he was attempting to take on Hasim Rahman Jr. and Tommy Fury, which would have allowed him to assert, "Actually, you now have to respect me as a fighter."
Hearn's comments on the social media sensation turned aspiring boxer hasn’t always been nearly so positive, though.
Paul was described as an "average" fighter by Hearn in May, and Hearn argued that this description was "quite positive" to his abilities.
The longest-reigning middleweight champion in the UFC, Silva had a successful career there, winning 16 straight matches from 2006 to 2012.
The Brazilian has dabbled in boxing throughout his career, compiling a 3-1 record since making his debut in 1998. In the ring, Silva's biggest victory came when, in Mexico last year, he upset former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on points.