By Scott Gilfoid: Jake Paul says 45-year-old Carl Froch is “desperate” for that “bag” with how he wants to go straight into a massive money fight against him rather than agreeing to the condition that he set about him needing to “prove” himself by fighting Anderson Silva on one of his cards.
As Jake points out, Froch is an unknown in the U.S because he hasn’t fought in close to ten years, and it’s not worth it for him to give him that bag without him making himself known to the American boxing fans that have never heard of him or seen him before.
These kids weren’t around a decade when Froch fought George Groves at Wembley Stadium in England. That’s ancient history, as far as the younger fans, particularly the followers of Jake Paul.
The last thing Jake needs is to set up a PPV fight against Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), and fans don’t purchase it because they don’t know who he is.
You can argue that Anderson Silva is far better known in this era than Froch, and that’s why Jake wants him to make himself known to the newer generation of fans because they’ve never heard of Froch.
Froch “sounds desperate for money”
“I think it’s great, he sounds desperate for money,” said Jake Paul to talkSPORT Boxing about Carl Froch.
“He’s already envisioning that we’re fighting in his head and trying to get the bag. Let Carl fight Anderson Silva. If you can get through Anderson Silva, which I bet you can’t, then me and you will fight; I guarantee it,” continued Jake.
“Fight Anderson Silva first, prove yourself, because you’re older, let’s see if you can actually still bang.”
Froch might be too slow with his punches to land anything on Silva, so it’s not surprising that he’s looking to maneuver around that risky fight to go straight for the bag against Jake. That’s clever of Froch, but it’s not going to work.
Heck, even during Froch’s prime eons ago, he wasn’t a household name in the U.S. Only the hardcore fans in the States knew who Froch was because he retired quickly as soon as he started building a fan base.
Froch needs to build his name
“Not a single person in the United States knows your name, so fighting Anderson Silva would help you build up that reputation. That’s my offer,” said Silva.
“If he proves he can do that, I’d put this on my word; I will fight him, no doubt, guaranteed,” said Paul.
If Froch had stuck around for another six to eight years, maybe he’d be known to the casuals in America, but he didn’t. He was in a mad hurry to get out of the sport after he twice beat the unproven Groves.
These aren’t really boxing fans. They’re followers of Jake, so it makes sense that they’ve never heard of or seen the gray-haired Froch before. He might as well have existed during Mesozoic Era, 66 million years ago, when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Jake says he’s not going to give the money-hungry Froch the payday that he craves without him earning it by proving that he can beat former UFC champion Silva first.
That’s the only deal Paul can offer Froch. If he wants that payday, he’ll do it, but if he thinks he’s going to cut corners and avoid a risky fight against the 47-year-old southpaw Silva, he’ll be out of luck.
Jake Paul (6-0, 4 KOs) will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury (8-0, 4 KOs) this Sunday, February 26th, in an eight round fight on DAZN PPV at the Diriyah Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.