Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva Betting Preview
On Saturday, October 29, Jake Paul will be taking on MMA legend Anderson Silva in a boxing main event taking place in Arizona. This fight is going to be streamed on Showtime PPV on Saturday night.
Paul is finally making his long awaited (by few) return to the boxing ring, with his last two opponents flaking on scheduled bouts this year. A couple of years ago, someone would laugh at the thought of Youtuber Jake Paul fighting Anderson Silva in a legit boxing match, but that is our reality this weekend.
Another crazy thought to wrap around your head: Jake Paul is the betting favorite at (-250) over Silva, who is the (+205) underdog.
The over/under is set at 6.5 rounds for this 8-round bout. Also, the prop bet for this bout going the distance is set at plus odds. Oddsmakers expect someone to get finished inside the distance in this one.
It is tough for some casual combat sports bettors to understand that Paul is very dangerous and is the betting favorite for a reason. This is his sport. No matter how slick of a striker Silva is, he is also 47 years old and fairly new to boxing.
Paul is a 25-year-old, great athlete that keeps getting better every day while training very hard for this phase of his career. He is ready to add to his stock with a knockout victory over an MMA legend.
Paul’s team is smart, and they wouldn’t give him a fight that wasn’t very winnable at this point of his career. Silva is old and lost a step or two, but the slick skills he possesses is something Paul can never replicate in practice.
Before making a prediction for this fight and putting in your best bet, let's break down the styles of these two fighters.
First off, Jake Paul is an athlete before he is a boxer. He trains hard and is becoming a very good boxer for his level of experience inside a boxing gym. He has a great team and takes this very seriously.
Paul will have his big right hand that he will be looking to set up all fight. While breaking down the rest of his skillset, he can look pretty ugly in the ring at times.
It is clear to see that he is a kid that has watched all these legendary fighters do what they have done, and he is trying to shove all those styles into his so he can look the part.
Paul will be in great shape and can stay on the outside of Silva and set up that big right hand to finish the fight. Silva will be ready for that right hand and will have many counters ready to pull on it. Silva has an uncanny ability, even at 47 years old, to step out of the way of a power shot and land a clean counter on the opponent rushing in.
The showmanship of Silva will need to be toned down. We know he likes to put on a show for the fans, but the hands-down/chin-up antics he is famous for will not be a smart choice for this fight on Saturday.
Paul is surely the faster and more dangerous puncher; one clean shot could end Silva’s night.
Also, something came out that Silva was hurt multiple times in sparring leading up to this bout. He says it was bad English and a joke, but that is something to keep your eye on.
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