Oscar De La Hoya knows more than a little about boxing, considering he spent 10 years as a champion before starting Golden Boy Boxing, one of the sport’s most established promotions. According to his keen eye, he sees Jake Paul knocking out Anderson Silva when the two meet on October 29.
Jake Paul’s former opponents have been pretty washed up fighters, but Anderson Silva still seems to have some juice in him at 47. Since retiring from MMA, “The Spider” has defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision and knocked out Tito Ortiz in the first round. His most recent fight, a boxing exhibition against Bruno Machado at a Floyd Mayweather event in Dubai, was clinical.
Despite this, Silva is only a -150 favorite against Paul’s +120. That’s exactly what happens when you give up 22 and over 20 pounds to your opponent, we guess. And if you want a boxing insider’s opinion, here’s what De La Hoya had to say about the fight.
“It’s a good fight,” Oscar said in an interview with Inside Fighting. “I’ll go with Jake Paul. Yeah, I’ll go with Jake Paul, just because he seems to get into the groove of things. He doesn’t have too many fights. He loves boxing, is a hard worker, and has a lot of power. If he connects with Silva, he’ll knock him out. If he touches Silva, he falls.
De La Hoya also dismissed Silva’s performances leading up to Paul’s fight.
“Everyone is based on what Silva did to Julio César Chávez Jr. and Tito Ortiz,” he said. “Come on. I mean, Chávez Jr. wasn’t even 20 percent of himself. Okay? Conditioning wise, physically, it just wasn’t him.
Oscar’s official prediction? Silva “falls and gets knocked out”.
We’re not surprised that De La Hoya would choose the boxer over the MMA guy, even a boxer whose credentials are as uncertain as Jake Paul’s. It may also have something to do with “The Golden Boy” wanting to be in on some of that “Problem Child” action.
“Let’s talk about Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz when he’s free from the UFC”, De La Hoya tweeted in July. “Imagine the Golden Boy Boxing machine behind? Will be huge!”
It doesn’t look so good for Oscar, though. Jake Paul’s most valuable promotion has been working with Showtime as a boxing partner since Tyron Woodley’s first fight in August 2021. But you never know in boxing: best friends become bitter enemies so quickly in sport, he it is therefore better to stay on the good side of people. It’s a lesson he definitely learned after crossing paths with Dana White too many times.
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