Mike Perry was caught by surprise when he stepped into the boxing ring earlier this year to spar with Jake Paul, claiming that the YouTube celebrity was a ‘better spar’ than UFC middleweight Darren Till.
Perry, who admitted that Paul got the better of him in that sparring session, claims the 3-0 boxer has ‘different tricks’ up his sleeve and is not to be underestimated by future opponents. ‘Platinum’ previously warned that Ben Askren was making a mistake in boxing Paul on April 17 — a warning that ultimately fell on deaf ears.
“Jake Paul was a better spar than Till,” Perry told The Mac Life in a recent interview (h/t MMA Mania). “That was an awkward situation with the gloves and shit. Yeah, definitely though.”
“Making you think he’s gonna engage then doesn’t,” Perry said about Paul’s strengths as a boxer. “He’s got long reach, he’s got different tricks, he taught me something. First round he started doing something and I was like ‘okay’ … it wasn’t doing damage, but it was like keeping him at bay.”
Paul is fresh off a first-round KO victory over Askren and will look to extend his win streak to four when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at a Showtime Sports event on Aug. 28.
Perry, 29, last fought at UFC on ABC 2, where he suffered a lopsided decision defeat to Daniel Rodriguez. The Floridan is 2-4 in his last six fights.