There has been a bit more intense speculation these days about Jake Paul's next opponent. It was said that it would be the legendary Anderson Silva, but a couple of hours ago there was an official confirmation that Paul and Silva will fight on October 29 (the tenth month) at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix.
It will be Paul's sixth professional boxing match, and in his current last appearance, he defeated another former UFC fighter, Tyron Woodley. The news about the official scheduling of the match was shared by Paul himself on social networks, and it turned out that the speculation was correct these days.
By the way, lately, Paul has not had any luck with his opponents. First, his bout against Tommy Fury was canceled due to Fury's problems with the law, so that Paul's team could find a replacement. It was then about Hasim Rahman Jr., but due to the impossibility of losing weight, Paul and his team decided to cancel the entire event.
As for the legendary Silva, 'Spider' retired from MMA in 2020 when Uriah Hall defeated him by technical knockout. A year ago, he returned to the boxing ring where he defeated the veteran Tito Ortiz, and in the middle of last year he had another boxing match against Julio Cesar Chavez, whom he also defeated, but by a split decision.
"My toughest test yet," Paul said in a tweet. "I respect the legend, but he must be exterminated."
Silva broke multiple records during his reign
"I know that in life everything has its purpose," Silva said in a statement sent to ESPN.
"Nothing comes just by chance. So I thank God for my health, my family and my team for providing me with this opportunity to continue doing the thing that I love the most. I believe this will be the biggest combat event of the year and will truly make history in the sport forever."
It must be admitted that this is a truly respectable move on Paul's part. Although Silva is 48 years old, it is still the biggest challenge in his boxing career so far. We will find out next month if Paul will take down another UFC veteran.