Since social media superstar Jake Paul transitioned to the squared circle, there has been one question at the center of every bit of criticism or support for his career: Is Jake Paul actually a good boxer? Rarely do those on either side of the debate actually drill into Paul’s in-ring technique.
It’s far easier to look at Paul’s level of opposition as well as questionable — and often offensive — behavior from he and his brother, Logan, in the past. Then, simply write him off as not a serious boxer and someone with no notable skills between the ropes.
On Saturday night, Paul will fight for the sixth time as a professional when he faces 47-year-old UFC legend Anderson Silva in a. Silva, one of the greatest strikers in mixed martial arts history, is the first fighter Paul has faced who had any experience as a professional boxer. Silva is 3-1 as a boxer and holds a win over former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Without a doubt, the fight with Silva is the biggest test of Paul’s career. Silva has power, slickness and timing that often allowed him to make Chavez look foolish in their June 2021 clash. If Paul is actually a “bad boxer” as so many critics suggest, Silva will thoroughly work him over.
“I’m the young guy and he’s really, really good and has more experience. He has the weight, the height, the reach so all the odds are stacked against me. He’s very fast, very technical, very rangy, good defense, good movement,” Paul said at the final press conference. “I’ll have to be perfect on Saturday night. I know I’m capable of doing that but I’m ready for war. Skill aside, it might come down to who wants it more and I believe that’s me.”
With that in mind, Luke Thomas of “Morning Kombat” broke down Paul’s technique to identify the positives and negatives in his game.
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Thomas identified six key aspects while creating a scouting report on Paul.
Silva’s camp has no doubt noticed many of these same things and has prepared their fighter to try and use his skills to exploit any available holes in Paul’s game. Silva possesses the reflexes and technique to take advantage of sloppy moments of defense or footwork and Paul will need to continue to show improvements if he wants to remain undefeated.
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