Roy Jones Jr. to Anderson Silva: “Stop Duck’n Me and Set It Up”

Published 03/06/2021, 12:06 AM EST
August 16, 2015: Roy Jones Jr. battles Eric Watkins during their heavyweight bout at the Foxwoods Grand Theater in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Roy Jones Jr. defeats Eric Watkins via KO of round 6. (Photo by Williams Paul/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


A few years back, none of us would have thought of Roy Jones Jr. calling out UFC veteran Anderson Silva, for a fight. However, crossover matchups have become a common phenomenon in recent times, and several fantasy clashes can become reality.

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Moreover, several veterans have also expressed their desire to return to action. It began with Mike Tyson’s exhibition battle with Roy Jones Jr. on November 28. While the return fight proved to be beneficial for ‘Captain Hook’, the 51-year-old became open to accepting more challenges ahead and seemed to have fixed his sights on former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.

Jones Jr. posted a clip of himself on social media and called out the ‘Spider’. While he announced his upcoming music video with the post, it was also an attack on Silva.

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In the caption, the boxing veteran wrote, “Y’all tell ‘Spider’ Anderson Silva to stop duck’n me and set it up- STOP PLAYIN.”

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Although Silva hasn’t responded to the challenge, it still paves the way for Roy Jones Jr’s return to the ring. After a successful exhibition with Mike Tyson, ‘Captain Hook’ seems optimistic about his upcoming plans and if everything falls in place, we can actually expect to see him fight Anderson Silva in the future.

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Roy Jones Jr.- Will he really return to the squared circle?

In the aftermath of his fight against Tyson, Jones Jr. clarified that he would sit with his family before making the final decision regarding his fighting future. But a few weeks later, he sparked a verbal feud with Glenn McCrory. The two even touted a fight against each other. However, the rumors faded away with time.

Meanwhile, Jones Jr. also trains young lads, and considering that he is still active at the gym, the boxer had offered himself against Anderson Silva in a fight, which can be a massive blockbuster.

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Both the veterans have hit their dotage, but are regarded as elites in their respective sports. While they have nothing more left to prove to the world, they can now fight for their love towards combat and the fans.

Do you think Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. will ever fight each other?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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