Jake Paul scored the biggest win of his professional boxing career, though it did come against a man 22 years his senior.
‘The Problem Child’ has been heavily criticized for taking fights against mixed martial artists who are not necessarily known for their striking prowess. Wins over Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley on two separate occasions failed to impress the masses, but Paul attempted to change the narrative by accepting a fight with perhaps the greatest striker in MMA history, Anderson Silva.
While it represented a significant step up in competition for the social media star, many were still unimpressed including John Fury, father of the English-born boxing duo Tommy and Tyson Fury.
“If any of my sons was fifty years old and doing that, I’d say ‘Listen, have a day off, give your head a wobble,’” Fury Sr. said in a video posted on Twitter. “‘Alls you’re going to do is make a fool of yourself and entertainment for other people.
“You’re making the other man that’s useless look good.’ Jake Paul can’t fight. [Tommy] will knock Jake Paul out with one punch. And I’ll say it now on camera: Jake Paul will get knocked out with the first right hand that he throws, and I’ll put money on it.”
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) October 30, 2022
John Fury Scolds Jake Paul for Fighting a ‘Hand-Picked Geriatric’ in Anderson Silva
John Fury was far from done, criticizing Jake Paul for hand-picking a fighter nearly twice his age rather than attempting to fight legitimate boxers like his son Tommy Fury.
“This man [Tommy] is fighting here, at least he’s a proper fighter,” he said. “He trains as a boxer. All he’s fighting, he’s had seven pro fights against proper opposition. Not some hand-picked geriatric that needs a Zimmer frame [walker] to get in the ring.”
To be fair, Jake Paul attempted to fight legitimate boxers on three separate occasions, twice against the younger Fury who pulled out of the fight in both instances. ‘The Problem Child’ addressed this in his post-fight interview on Saturday night after scoring a unanimous decision win over the MMA legend.
“They’re gonna find something to say,” Paul stated. “‘Fight a real boxer!’ B*tch, I tried. Hey, if I was walking on water, people would say I can’t swim. So there’s always gonna be haters, there’s always gonna be critics, and that’s just there, that’s everyday, part of life if you’re doing something and being successful. So I don’t worry about this sh*t and this is just the start baby.”