UFC champion Alzman Sterling claims Jake Paul Anderson will ‘really hurt’ Silva – if he hits the right shot.
Brazilian legend Silva has long been touted as a potential rival for the award-winning YouTube star.
And despite his wealth of experience in the cage, Paul is 5-0 as a boxer and naturally the big guy.
This leads to the fear of 32-year-old bantamweight Sterling, who, at 46, questioned Silva’s punch resistance.
He said on his YouTube channel: “I know Anderson Silva was the frontrunner to fight Jake.
“If Jake had to join up, I think he’d really hurt Anderson. I think Paul’s going to tie him up, lean on him.
“He’s a young boy, he’s going to catch him. Against [Tyron] Woodley, he won 30 times in the first five rounds.
“With this, Silva’s hand is done. But the only thing is, can he take a shot?”
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Paul, 24, has faced every opponent he has faced since breaking out in a cold December, four months after beating 39-year-old Woodley by points.
It added KO’s over YouTuber ‘AnEsonGib’, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 37, and retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, 37.
Tommy Fury, 22, with prior professional boxing experience was set to be Paul’s first opponent.
But Fury was forced to walk out with a broken rib and a bacterial chest infection, which Woodley filled in as his replacement.
Paul has since been in talks to fight the 35-year-old Mexican former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Incidentally, Chavez Jr. was defeated by Silva in June in round eight.