Ashton “H20” Sylve, is the newest member of Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions as the teenage sensation looks to start his career with only knockouts as many believe his is the next great fighter in the sport. Sylve will be facing former Ryan Garcia opponent, Braulio Rodriguez.
Sylve vs. Rodriguez will take place Saturday, October 29 from Desert Diamond Arena (formerly Gila River Arena) in Glendale, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix, live on SHOWTIME PPV® in a Most Valuable Promotions event.
“We came together as a team to figure out what opponent is best for my career path. I don’t want to rush anything. I’m only 18 years old so I don’t want to put anything past the speed that we’re going but we all felt like this is a great step-up fight. Every fighter that I’ve fought was a step-up. This fight will let me showcase my talents and show that I am built for this,” said the fighter from Long Beach, California, Sylve. “The message that I’m trying to send is that I’m built for this and that I’ve been groomed for this since the amateurs where I was going overseas and fighting different kinds of fighters and doing everything that has led to where I am now. That message will be sent on October 29.”
Sylve is a prodigy, one who he has spoken to this reporter, and explained he is compared to Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather, and even Jaron “Boots” Ennis by his peers. His father, Ivan Sylve, is the head honcho of Jack Rabbit Boxing Gym in Long Beach, California. Sylve has been destined for stardom, and now with his partnership with Jake Paul, it appears he will get every opportunity.
“Jake Paul is a great guy. He is teaching me both the game of boxing and outside of boxing. He’s more like a brother to me. Promotion wise, you see where I’m at and where Amanda [Serrano] is at so those are examples right there. I don’t feel any pressure at all being on this stage. I’ve been in the spotlight since I was eight years old. I was recognized by Floyd at an early age. I don’t think there is any pressure from here on out. I’ve been dealing with this type of stuff with my family and friends and the city of Long Beach so stuff like this doesn’t bring any pressure to me,” said the young fighter. “I envision the fight as me knocking him out. I don’t see myself on the other side of the table. I respect him of course. But the other side of respect is being earned, so he has to earn it by showing up. For him to fight back, that’s a great thing because I feel like my other opponents didn’t bring the type of pressure he is about to bring so it’s going to be an exciting fight. I can’t wait."