Tyson, De La Hoya, Mayweather: Five opponents Logan Paul could fight next

Logan Paul has teased his fans about a possible return to the ring in 2022.

The American, who rose to fame via social media, first started boxing in 2018 when he took on KSI in a white-collar fight. The contest, which took place in Manchester, would end in a draw. 

In 2019, they would collide once again, this time in front of a sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles on DAZN. The only difference being, they went toe-to-toe as professional boxers.

While Paul was on the wrong end of split-decision to KSI, it did not hamper his progression in the sport. In June 2021, Paul fought Floyd Mayweather in an eight-round exhibition and took him the distance.

Paul has since been linked with fights against other Hall of Fame fighters as well as current boxers and MMA stars from the UFC.

Below, Planet Sport takes a look at five possible opponents Paul could face next.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Now that he has gone eight rounds with the greatest boxer of a generation, Logan Paul fancies his chances against heavyweight's youngest world champion of all-time.

You heard right.

In fact, on his "Impaulsive" podcast, Paul, 26, laughed off a suggestion that he could lose to Mike Tyson.

"One great at a time," Paul said.

"My lawyer mentioned it," Paul continued, "and he's like, 'No, Tyson will rip your head off. You don't stand a chance.'

"I'm like, 'Bro, I just went through all of this. You can't tell me I can't beat Mike Tyson.' Bro, he's old, old."

The YouTuber is 6'2" and came in at 189.5lbs against Mayweather while Tyson, at 5'10", looked shredded against Roy Jones Jr. in his 2020 comeback and weighed in at 220lbs.

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva

Logan Paul has previously held talks about fighting the MMA legend. Anderson Silva is regarded as the greatest UFC fighter of all-time having dominated the middleweight division for over a decade.

Since retiring from the sport, Anderson has transitioned into the world of boxing at the age of 46 - something which sounds bizarre but has so far worked in his favour.

The Brazilian rocked the world earlier this year when he outpointed former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. before more recently knocking out Tito Ortiz.

"Logan proved to be a very brave and talented kid doing an exhibition fight against the legend [Floyd] Mayweather," Dorea, Anderson's trainer said.

"But, of course, if it were in official rules, the result would be different. Let's see if he will keep hiding under exhibition rules or if he will test himself in the real world [under professional rules]. In that case, I have no doubt Anderson will knock him out," he added.

Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya

The Golden Boy was set to make a comeback against Vitor Belfort this summer only to withdraw from the fight due to testing positive for COVID.

Evander Holyfield replaced him on short notice and the fight - which saw Donald Trump attend - ended inside the opening round with Holyfield tasting defeat.

De La Hoya has even spoken about the possibility of facing Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather. Given that De La Hoya was prepared to fight at 180lbs against Belfort, it means weight would not be an issue for this fight when you consider Paul fought Mayweather at a catchweight of 190lbs.

While there is no rivalry between the pair that we know of, this would generate huge numbers on pay-per-view and more importantly, be big paydays.

Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr

Regarded as one of the greatest fighters to have graced the ring, Jones was the opponent of choice for Mike Tyson's comeback bout in 2020. The pair fought in an eight-round exhibition where each round was two minutes rather than three.

It is believed to have generated more than one million pay-per-view buys on Triller and while it was deemed as a draw, Tyson dominated the fight.

It is no secret that Jones has found it hard to let go of fighting inside the ring and if the price is right, he'll step into the squared circle one more time. And it could be the perfect opponent for Paul should he decide to face the former four-division king.

Once a great, the last 10 years of Jones' career was not pleasant to watch. After his rise to heavyweight glory in 2003, Jones was never the same again, and the weight cut to make light heavyweight after beating John Ruiz was the beginning of the end.

A KO defeat to Antonio Tarver in 2004 was one of five defeats inside the distance for Jones and in 2018, he finally called it a day from the professional circuit. The reason behind him being a perfect opponent for Paul is that he no longer has the speed, power or agility to make it a dangerous fight.

Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather Pacquiao

Could a rematch between the two take place? If it does, then it would have to be at professional. Mayweather is adamant that if he had went into battle with his undefeated record on the line then it would have been a different story.

Mayweather retired in 2018 at 50-0 following a win over Conor McGregor but we all know he is never too far away from making a comeback.

His exhibition bout with Paul is believed to have delivered more than one million PPV buys on Showtime and you would expect more fans to tune in if it saw Mayweather put his unbeaten record on the line.

Speaking about his experience with Paul in the ring, Mayweather said: "I did an exhibition with the YouTuber Logan Paul. We had fun.

"People have gotta know, there's a difference between a real fight and an exhibition. All I did was work out from time to time.

"If it was a real fight, it would've been a blowout in the first round."

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