Claressa Shields wants UFC legend Anderson Silva to knock out Jake Paul inside the boxing ring.
Paul and Shields have a history with each other, as Paul made derogatory comments about him after his first loss in mixed martial arts (MMA) last October.
However, they apparently put that behind them soon after, exchanging kind words about each other through social media and interviews. Apparently, it’s all over and done with.
Shields was recently interviewed by The Schmo and shared her thoughts on a potential boxing matchup between ex-UFC middleweight champion Silva and the YouTube star turned boxer.
If the fight happens, Shields would really like to see Silva take out Paul inside the squared circle.
“I want Anderson Silva to knock out Jake Paul,” Shields said. “That’s what I want. And I believe he’s the guy to do it.
“I think Jake Paul fought against Tyron Woodley, who is a great guy, a great MMA fighter, but Silva showed he’s a very, very good boxer, even though he has an MMA background.
“So I would love to see him fight a Jake Paul. I think both guys are really improving their skills, I just don’t really like Jake Paul like that.
“So I want him and Anderson Silva to fight, and I want Anderson Silva to win.”
Shields, however, maintains that she respects what Paul has done for boxing, and women’s boxing in particular, but thinks he needs to show a little more respect for the sport when he calls out Canelo Álvarez.
“I love what Jake Paul does,” Shields said. “He brought a lot of attention to boxing and women’s boxing. It’s just that he respects the sport.
“And if you’re going to call out Canelo and that kind of stuff, you have to at least fight a real fighter and not use everyone’s name for clout.”
Silva holds a 4-1 record as a professional boxer. His first professional fight was in 1998, but he was defeated after the first round via RTD.
He bounced back in 2005 with a comeback against Julio Cesar De Jesus, knocking him out in the second round.
After ending his 14-year run with the UFC, Silva returned to boxing in June 2021, defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision. He then faced fellow former UFC champion Tito Ortiz on September 11 last year, knocking him out in the first round.
Paul made his professional boxing debut in January 2020 and has since gone undefeated, with a current record of 5-0.
Although two of his wins come over another YouTube star and a former NBA star, he does own wins over former MMA champions.
“The Problem Child” knocked out Ben Askren in the first round of their April 2021 meeting. He went on to pick up back-to-back wins over Tyron Woodley, the latter being a knockout victory.
Paul and Silva have both expressed interest in boxing down the line, however, it looks like Paul might fight Tommy Fury first.