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This Saturday night all eyes in combat sport will be firmly fixed on one event, and it’s not the UFC Fight Night or Bellator 287. After almost a year away from the ring, YouTuber turned celebrity boxer Jake Paul will don the gloves once more against veteran UFC star Anderson Silva in a much awaited clash. With a battle between youth and experience, this matchup promises to be an entertaining one.
While Jake Paul has moved his way through his first five professional fights impressively over the past three years, it’s no secret that many are still not taking his presence seriously. Could this be the match that Jake Paul announces his arrival as a serious contender in the boxing world? Or will the seasoned Silva put this inflated YouTuber in his place?
We present our expert picks ahead of the weekend’s big fight.
- 1 Our Paul vs Silva Predictions: Can Jake Paul Prove His Critics Wrong?
- 2 A round up of the main Betting Odds
- 3 Fight Details
- 4 Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva FAQs
Our Paul vs Silva Predictions: Can Jake Paul Prove His Critics Wrong?
Jake Paul: 5 wins (4 KOs), no losses
This time three years ago, Jake Paul had never fought in a professional boxing match.
Fast forward to today, and Paul has quickly accrued a healthy record of 5-0-0, winning four of his five appearances in the ring by knockout. Until recently, few boxing critics took the 25-year-old seriously, given Paul’s transition into boxing from his platform as a celebrity YouTuber and relatively soft opposition. However, perspectives began to shift late last year when the American landed a vicious right hook in the sixth round against Tyron Woodley, scoring what ESPN would rate as the knockout of the year.
Some are still unconvinced that Paul is anything more than a novelty, and a comprehensive win over a name like Anderson Silva would go a long way to the YouTuber silencing his critics.
Anderson Silva: 3 wins (2 KOs), 1 loss
Look at Anderson Silva’s boxing record, and one might think he’s a fresh-faced challenger, bounding into the ring to take on Jake Paul.
The reality couldn’t be further from this. While the Brazilian has only fought four professional boxing matches, he is a seasoned veteran of the UFC, with 45 mixed martial arts fights to his name and a record of 34 wins (22 KOs) with 11 losses. However, Silva is 47 years old now, and has only one UFC win in the last decade against seven losses. Deep into the twilight of his career, the former star has switched to boxing and is simply fighting for cash and his own entertainment at this stage.
While there’s no doubt Silva’s reflexes aren’t what they used to be, the veteran still brings a powerful strike and wealth of experience into the ring with him. Chances are, he’d love to put the young Jake Paul into his place one last time.
Summary of Paul vs Silva Prediction
Plenty of fans would love to see Silva go out with a bang here, but it’s looking like this should go the way of Jake Paul.
The 25-year-old has more to fight for with his whole career ahead of him, and has knocked out every man that has stepped into the ring with him so far. While Silva is by far the most experienced fighter Paul has squared off against, experience alone does not negate the impact of a right hook to the jaw.
Expect the veteran Brazilian to make a good fight out of this, before Paul ups the ante and scores a knockout somewhere in the mid-to-late rounds.Place the bet at bet365
A round up of the main Betting Odds
All major bookmakers are covering this fight, and offer a range of enticing betting markets ahead of this clash. Here are a few of the best bets to make this weekend on Paul vs Silva.
Outright Winner – Paul (2/5)
Jake Paul is ahead in the odds at the bookies, with bet365 putting the 25-year-old on 2/5 to win outright, compared to Anderson Silva’s 41/20. Considering the fact that Silva is almost twice Paul’s age and the two fighters’ careers are trending in different directions, this is a fair bet to make.
Most Likely Method of Victory – Paul by Decision (7/4)
Digging deeper into the bookie’s odds, bet365 has this fight most likely ending in a win to Paul on points. The odds of 7/4 for this result are actually the same as those on a knockout in favor of Paul. Next most likely is Silva winning through knockout, at 11/4.
Round Betting – Paul in Round Six (22/1)
For those who want to take a punt on the exact timing of this fight finishing, the most likely outcome is Paul winning in round two, according to the odds. Bet365 are offering odds of 12/1 for this result, the strongest out of any of the round betting options. Personally we think it will go a little longer than this based on Paul’s last fight and Silva’s fight IQ, and a bet for this to finish in the sixth round at 22/1 would be the smarter money.
Alternative Bets to Consider
To spread out the risk, most bookies are offering grouped round betting as well. For example, Paul to win in rounds five or six has odds of 10/1 at bet365, or either fighter winning in the opening two rounds is at 15/4. We’d take that bet of a Paul knockout in round five or six for the lucrative odds it offers, though conservative money would bet on Paul winning by knockout at any stage, which returns less at 7/4.Place the bet at bet365
Jake Paul and Anderson Silva will headline a fight card of 10 bouts on Saturday night, which can be viewed live on pay-per-view TV. Here are the exact details:
- Date: October 29th 2022
- Time: From 9:00 PM E.T.
- Venue: Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, Arizona, USA
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva FAQs
Where can I stream the Paul vs Silva fight?
Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva will be available on pay-per-view TV for a cost of $59.99, and can be purchased through Showtime.
Is your Paul vs Silva prediction trustworthy?
The team here at Punditfeed is made up of seasoned betting experts. We’ve pooled our heads together to come up with these predictions, and think they’re pretty spot on. Only time will tell however, so tune in on Saturday night to see how the fight unfolds.
What time does Paul vs Silva begin?
Fighting in the undercard begins from 9:00 PM ET, meaning that the fighters will likely make their ring walks around 12:00 PM ET.
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