MMA legend Anderson Silva is more than willing to step in the ring with Youtube star turned boxer, Logan Paul.
Silva, 46-years-old, turned back the clock back in June - when he took part in sanctioned boxing match and won an upset decision over WBC former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Also in June, Paul returned to the ring for the first time since 2019 and fought five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, 44-years-old, in an exhibition fight.
Paul, who had a significant size difference in his favor, did a bit better than anticipated. Most observers expected him to get knocked out, but he managed to last the entire eight round distance.
Now there is talk of an in-ring showdown between Paul and Silva.
Silva’s boxing coach, Luiz Dorea, believes his boxer will score a knockout victory - especially if Paul accepts a "sanctioned" fight.
“Logan proved to be a very brave and talented kid doing an exhibition fight against the legend [Floyd] Mayweather,” Dorea told Sherdog.
“But, of course, if it were in official rules, the result would be different. Let’s see if he will keep hiding under exhibition rules or if he will test himself in the real world [under professional rules]. In that case, I have no doubt Anderson will knock him out.”
Dorea also worked in the past with former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, who faces six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya in a sanctioned boxing match on September 11th.
“Vitor is a very explosive fighter, four years younger, much stronger and never abandoned the athlete routine,” Dorea said. “De La Hoya is one of the GOATs of the sport, much more experienced in boxing matches but we don’t know how he took care of his physical condition during the long time off," Dorea said.
“The experience is, for sure, on De La Hoya’s side, but I wouldn’t underestimate Belfort, who is very dangerous in the first two rounds. I believe Oscar will move a lot and use his experience to get the win via points.”