The upcoming boxing match between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva could be in jeopardy.
The highly anticipated boxing match between Jake Paul and former UFC champion Anderson Silva may be in danger of being canceled. The pay-per-view event that is set to take place in the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ on Saturday, Oct. 29 might be postponed or canceled. The Arizona State Boxing Commission has set an emergency meeting for Thursday evening to discuss the bout and some news that came to light earlier this week.
Silva has just recently made the transition to boxing from MMA. He was a multi-time UFC champion and is arguably one of the best fighters to have ever fought in the promotion. He is however 47 years old and will be going up against someone 22 years younger when he steps into the ring with Paul. The YouTuber turned boxer, Paul has made himself a well-known name in the sport for doing exactly what he is doing with Silva, fighting retired MMA star.
The Arizona Boxing Commission could put a stop to Paul vs. Silva
In the leadup to the fight, Silva was doing some press obligations when he revealed that he had suffered two knockouts during his training camp. Right away the media ran with the story and people began to worry for Silva’s health and well-being. He later came out and explained that he had misspoken and in fact was not knocked out in training.
“After seeing the reports and concern for me, I’d like to clarify two important things,” Silva wrote in the statement via MMA Fighting. “One, I was NEVER knocked out in sparring. I misspoke in that interview as I sometimes do when interviewing in English and exaggerated the normal back-and-forth action that occurs in sparring. Second, this sparring session I referenced was in early September. The interview with MMA Weekly was done on Sept. 13 and, for some reason, just released this week. So, it wasn’t recent.”
The emergency meeting could be in response to these claims and if they find Silva unfit to fight the entire event could be in danger of being canceled. The Commission will examine all the information and decide whether or not Silva can compete. All of this will happen just two days before the massive event.