Paul demands respect from boxing critics as next fight takes shape

Jake Paul and Anderson Silva weigh in for boxing fight

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Jake Paul believes he deserves respect after beating former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva last weekend. Paul, 25, dropped Silva, 47, en route to a decision victory with scorecards of 77-74,78-73, and 78-73.

After the fight, Paul sent a message to his critics and affirmed that he is only getting started. “I wanna watch the fight back, but you know, people were saying it was a really good fight, a brawl, a war, awesome back-and-forth,” Paul said during his post-fight press conference.

“And so, I think people will respect my game. I showed different parts of my arsenal. You know, defence, all of that, fighting on the inside with a legend who’s really good at fighting on the inside. I think this fight really has to gain me some respect. You know, and I’m only two-and-a-half years in. So, this is just the start. I’m just getting warmed up with what I can accomplish.

“And this is the first fight in my career where like I felt comfortable in the ring, right? And just think about it – no one five fights in is fighting eight-round fights. No one. You know, they build ‘em up – four rounds, six rounds. I mean, Tommy Fury’s still fighting six-round fights, right?

“And he grew up his whole entire life doing this sport, right? His brother’s the heavyweight champion of the world. My brother and I are f***in’ from YouTube. So, I’m doing something that no one’s ever done before, and I’m just learning my bearings in the ring. But we’ll see what happens after this.”

“When you get eight hard rounds with a legend like Anderson Silva,” Paul continued, “it’s just really good experience under the belt, right? And he just beat a former world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He beat him eight rounds to zero, so he schooled the former world champion.

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“So, this definitely moves me in that direction and this guy is insanely tough, insanely tough. So, it’s just great experience under my belt and, like I said, it’s only been 2 ½ years, so who knows what I can accomplish? I know, but I’ll show you guys.”

Paul is expected to return to the ring next year with Nate Diaz and Tommy Fury being the frontrunners for the fight. The long-awaited grudge match with Fury will have to take place in the United Kingdom after ‘TNT’ confirmed he is still banned from travelling to the United States.

Paul appears to be keen about fighting across the pond but there are some doubts surrounding the fight given the two previous failed attempts to make it happen.

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