Undefeated super middleweight boxer David Benavidez was present at the recent fight between Jake Paul and Anderson Silva, and said that he is open to facing the YouTuber in the future, on top of assuring that he respects him for what Paul has achieved.
David Benavidez respects Jake Paul
Benavidez met Jake prior to his clash against the MMA legend Silva, as he was hanging out with ‘The Problem Child’ in the locker room. The eight round fight headlined a SHOWTIME PPV held in Glendale, Arizona, where the former two time WBC 168-pound world champion hails from.
“If he wants to fight me, we would,” Benavidez said after Paul’s win over Silva, “But as a sign of respect, he is not going to try to fight me. I have a lot of respect for Jake Paul.”
“He is a millionaire and not many millionaires want to fight like that. He trains hard, he’s dedicated and a lot of people like that don’t do that. He has all my respect. What has to happen will happen. He’s a good friend, he’s a good guy, I have no problem with him. I have nothing against him.”
The victory went to Paul via unanimous decision on scorecards of 78-73, 77-74 and 78-73, improving his undefeated record as a professional boxer to 6-0 with four wins by knockout. In the last round came a combination of blows that dropped the Brazilian to the canvas, after a right cross by the influencer, allowing Paul to secure the win in a way that left no doubt in anyone’s mind.
“I think he needed that to get away from Anderson Silva,” Benavidez went on, “With that he showed that he was a better boxer and tried to win the last round.”
At the end of the fight, Jake Paul challenged Nate Diaz, who was also present in the arena and with whom he even ad an altercation soon after the fight.
“I think it would be a great fight, especially since Nate Diaz tried to fight in the locker room,” Benavidez concluded, “I don’t know, I just saw people who wanted to fight and I left.”