Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson isn’t a huge fan of the Paul Brothers (Jake and Logan) but credits the two YouTube sensations turned boxers for saving the sport.
“I don’t think about them, but I think that they are very entertaining,” Jackson told Tom Taylor of the South China Morning Post earlier this year. (Interview below) “It seems like they resuscitated boxing. With all due respect to all the boxers even though I’m MMA all day, I represent MMA and we got a war against boxers right now, I don’t hate boxers or the sport of boxing. I think boxing is a great craft that I’ve been trading for 15 or more years now. Once Mike Tyson left, boxing wasn’t exciting anymore.”
Jackson coached opposite famed boxer Shannon Briggs at Triller’s Triad Combat event in November 2021. The competition paired MMA fighters up against boxers in a hybrid rules type contest. The two men hope to compete against one another at a future date.
‘Rampage’ Jackson holds a pro MMA record of 38-14 and was defeated by the great Fedor Emelianenko in his last outing in December 2019. Briggs who is now 50 years of age has not fought in six years.
Jake Paul is undefeated in his boxing venture, holding knockout wins over two former MMA champions in Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren. His brother Logan is 0-1 in the sport but also went the distance with arguably the best to ever compete in Floyd Mayweather. No winner was announced at the end of that contest.
While Jake and Logan may not be the most technically sound competitors inside the ring, they sure are bringing eyes to the sport, particularly in the younger generations. With continued practice, their skills continue to improve.
So, are the Paul Brothers good for boxing?
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