Mike Perry is hoping that a boxing match with Jake Paul will happen in mid-February.
Grizzled UFC veteran Mike Perry stepped away from professional mixed martial arts competition after a final bout with Daniel Rodriguez in Apr. 2021. He dropped the fight on the judges’ scorecards and headed out of the UFC with a sole win over Mickey Gall in his last five matches. Perry transitioned to bare-knuckle boxing under the freshly minted BKFC (Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship). He got off to a successful start against Julian Lane in his debut and added another win over Michael ‘Venom’ Page in Aug. 2022.
Mike Perry is confident he will get the Jake Paul boxing fight
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Mike Perry shared his thoughts on the potential boxing match with social media sensation-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
“I believe it was for mid-February,” Perry said. “I don’t know what I can and can’t say, [because] I want it to happen, but there was supposed to be a really cool location and that intrigued me. I think it happens. If it is mid-February, I’ll be ready.
“I’m ready this weekend. I’m going to keep working, road work, lift some weights, eat healthy, just keep feeding myself and stay hungry. That’s me. That’s what I do.”
Perry says he sparred with Paul once
‘Platinum’ Perry pushed back on the idea that he faked the contract he revealed earlier this month. He expressed his willingness to compete with Paul and disclosed that he sparred with Paul once.
“I think it was [this past] December,” he said. “People are still in the comments think I faked the contract. What? Did I type that up? You think I typed that up? C’mon, man, I can’t type that up. It’s ridiculous, people will see it with their own eyes and still be in disbelief. It’s not like it matters. Jake’s got five pro boxing fights — if you could call them all pro boxing fights — he’s gotten a lot better since he’s been competing, he’s training all the time.
“I sparred him once, and I think it would be a great boxing match. I can’t lie, I’m a bare knuckle boxer, and I like to punch without anything, but with the gloves on I feel like I hit harder, and I think it would be interesting to see what I could do.”
Jake Paul is coming off the biggest win of his career over legendary MMA fighter Anderson Silva and has not indicated who he would take on next. Although he called out Nate Diaz for a challenge in both the boxing ring and the octagon, no concrete developments have come yet.