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Jake Paul responds to rig claims, says he's lost faith in his generation

Nasir Jabbar

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Jake Paul responds to rig claims, says he's lost faith in his generation

Jake Paul says he's lost faith in his generation as he responds to claims his win over Anderson Silva was rigged.

'The Problem Child' beat the UFC legend to improve his professional boxing record to 6-0.

He dropped the Brazilian in the final round as he picked up the biggest win of his budding career.

Paul sent Silva to the canvas after landing a big overhand right.

But some fans were not entirely convinced by the knockdown, suggesting the bout was 'rigged' in favour of the American fighter.

It's not the first time he's faced similar backlash, with fight fans disputing his win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Jake Paul and Anderson Silva during their bout. Image: Alamy
Jake Paul and Anderson Silva during their bout. Image: Alamy

Paul, though, isn't bothered about people criticising him as he took aim at his critics who claim his win over Silva was rigged.

"I think smart people with intelligence are giving me props and respect," he told Ariel Helwani.

"Like the WBC President [Mauricio Sulaiman] saying that anyone who says Jake is not a real boxer is just bitter and is a hater. "People like Teddy Atlas showing me mad respect, a lot of fighters showing me mad respect, a lot of MMA guys texting me saying, 'You look really sharp, that was the best you’ve fought,' Ryan Garcia showing me respect. So, the smart people who I care about are showing that love.

"There are the people who will always be there in my career who are discrediting it. Now, they’re saying it was rigged. It went from, 'Jake’s going to get knocked out by Anderson' to, 'Oh, that was rigged.'"

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The 25-year-old added: "I lose faith in my generation and my peers, and us as a society and a world when I see that type of stuff and that type of stupidity. It just sucks. It sucks because I worked so hard for this.

"I dedicate everything, sacrifice everything, every single day, bust my balls, have a 15-person team working around the clock to help me become the best boxer possible, and when I do something like beating Anderson Silva, they try to take it away from me. But I know deep down, and I guess that’s all that really matters."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/YouTube/Alamy

Topics: Boxing, Jake Paul, Anderson Silva

Nasir Jabbar
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