Logan Paul and Anderson Silva are not boxers by profession, but they could meet in the ring.
The YouTube star and UFC legend are discussing a boxing match due later this year, Paul’s manager Jeff Levin told ESPN on Wednesday.
Paul, 26, attended an exhibition boxing event with Hall of Fame contender Floyd Mayweather in June, a Showtime pay-per-view special that was a huge commercial hit.
The fight, which was an unauthorized fight with no official winner, lasted the scheduled eight rounds.
“I’m going to have prize fights,” Paul said after the event when asked what’s next. “I’m sure there is a list of opponents on Twitter, people who are twittering, saying this, saying that. I’ll pick one and embarrass you. “
Paul’s weight limit for this meeting was 190 pounds; Mayweathers was 160.
There is no decision as to whether a fight with Silva – assuming a deal is closed – would be a sanctioned boxing match or a novelty show.
“We just haven’t made it yet,” said Levin.
Paul is 0-1 as a professional fighter, his loss comes from the decision against his social media personality KSI in November 2019. Since then, Paul has crossed the social media sphere with an appearance at WrestleMania 37 in April, followed by the exhibition Mayweather.
His younger brother Jake is 3-0 as a professional fighter and is gaining traction in the boxing world. The 24-year-old scored a first-round knockout against former UFC fighter Ben Askren in April. He will face former UFC Champion Tyron Woodley in Cleveland on August 29, a home match for Paul on Showtime PPV.
Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion who holds the record for the longest title reign in the organization’s history (2,457 days), scored a surprise from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr .. Chavez, a former boxer, last month in Guadalajara, Mexico Middleweight title holder, his prime is long behind him, but considering Silva’s age (46) and his limited boxing experience (third professional fight) it was an impressive achievement.
“I love fighting and boxing has been my dream for many, many years,” said Silva after the eight-round split decision win, a £ 182 fight. “I have to show my respect for boxing.”
“The Spider” made his professional boxing debut in 1998. More than seven years later, he returned to the boxing ring and was knocked out in the second round in 2005. The Brazilian made his UFC debut the following year.
Silva is one of the most famous draws in MMA history with 18 headline appearances on UFC PPV. He suffered a fourth-round TKO loss to Uriah Hall in October – his seventh loss in his last nine games at the Octagon – and was released by the UFC a month later.