JAKE PAUL returns to the ring later this month in a highly-anticipated bout against MMA legend Anderson Silva.
The Problem Child was due to fight Tommy Fury in August but plans fell through after an issue with the Brit’s US visa.
A bout with Hasim Rahman Jr was also set up, but that also fell through due to a problem making weight on the heavyweight fighter’s side.
Now 47-year-old Silva will step up to plate, in what is a massive step-up for Paul, who knocked out Tyron Woodley last December.
Silva has been in the boxing ring before, beating former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr last year, before knocking out UFC veteran Tito Ortiz a few months later.
And now the Brazilian will get one of the biggest paydays of his career to face Paul, who has yet to lose in the squared circle.
When is Paul vs Silva?
- Paul’s big clash with Silva will take place on Saturday, October 29.
- The bout will be held at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, US.
- Ring-walks will commence from around 4am UK time on Sunday, October 30 in the UK.
How can I live stream Paul vs Silva?
- Paul vs Silva will be available to watch in the UK on Fite TV PPV.
- The event will cost £18 to purchase.
- You can live stream the action from the Fite TV app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
- In the US, Paul vs Silva will be available to watch on Showtime PPV.
Paul vs Silva undercard
There is yet to be an official announcement on who will be fighting on the undercard of Paul vs Silva.
It isn’t likely that Amanda Serrano will be on there, as she is fighting just a month earlier on the Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker undercard.
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What has been said?
“Anderson Silva is the nicest guy in the world and we love him,” Paul said at the press conference.
“If my opponent is a d***head, I’m going to treat him like a d***head and beat his f ass and I think people have seen that side of me.
“But I respect this man. I’m still going to knock him out but respectfully knock him out.”
Silva said: “Listen, everything is possible. Jake and [his] brother are training hard [to become] boxers. [They] try to [show] respect for the community. The kids have good potential and the people need to respect that.”
“I don’t feel pressure any more because everything I do in this sport and MMA I do with my heart.
“I think now is the next step for me. I try to enjoy my life, and when people think that’s too much pressure because I need to prove that I represent the MMA Community – no, I represent myself and represent my fans.”