Veteran MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson credits Jake Paul with bringing boxing back to life.
“Rampage” last entered the cage in 2019. His career spans 52 fights since 1999. In Jackson’s last fight, he was defeated by Fedor “The Last Emporer” Emilianenko by first-round TKO .
Jackson is hoping to make a comeback with a boxing debut against two-time heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. The veteran boxer boasts a professional record of 60-6-1 and a No Contest.
As an MMA fighter, Jackson holds the sport as number one, but is also a huge boxing fan. However, he feels boxing suffered a dry spell before the Paul brothers stepped in.
“I don’t think of them but I think they’re very entertaining. Looks like they resurrected boxing. With all due respect to all boxers, even though I’m MMA all day, I represent MMA and we have a war on boxers right now, I don’t hate boxers or the sport of boxing. I think boxing is a great job that I’ve been doing for at least 15 years now. Once Mike Tyson left boxing, it wasn’t exciting anymore,” Jackson told SCMP MMA.
As a YouTube star with millions of subscribers, Jake Paul draws a lot of attention to sports.
Many assumed the social media personality would see the loss against experienced fighters, but at 5-0 and wanting more, Paul continues to train and make headlines.
Boxing and MMA fans everywhere tuned in to see him give Woodley’s first L in boxing and then finish it with a knockout in their rematch.
Even Claressa Shields gave Paul props for her recent influence in women’s boxing. Although the two have faced off, Shields appreciates the work he has done to get the highly anticipated Serrano vs. Taylor fight going next weekend.
Many fighters side with Jake Paul. His stance on fighter compensation has many UFC fighters thanking him. And now even a seasoned mixed martial artist like “Rampage” Jackson recognizes the accomplishments of the rising boxing star.
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