Roy Jones Jr.’s Coach Gives an Update on the Anderson Silva Fight

Published 12/26/2020, 5:15 AM EST
LAS VEGAS – APRIL 03: Roy Jones Jr. appears in the ring after his loss by unanimous decision to Bernard Hopkins in their light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Veteran pugilist Roy Jones Jr. is eyeing up an MMA veteran, Anderson Silva, for a possible boxing clash in the coming days. 51-year-old Roy Jones Jr. broke his retirement to set foot against Mike Tyson in an eight-round exhibition clash on November 28.

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The fight ended in a draw as both men departed with a special WBC belt. While many billed it as the last ride for ‘Captain Hook’, it seems he is ready for more challenges.

Jones Jr’s coach Tom Yankello cites the possibility of him facing Anderson Silva, thrilling the whole combat sports community. According to Yankello, the matchup was touted years back, but Silva was under the UFC banner, which prevented its materialization.

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Well, 45-year-old has parted ways with the UFC and if there’s enough attention from the fans, he can enter the squared circle against ‘Superman’ Roy Jones Jr.

Yankello connected with Sun Sports and revealed Roy Jones Jr’s interest in re-matching Mike Tyson or facing Anderson Silva. “I think that rematch and Anderson Silva are the two fights that he’s looking at,” said Tom Yankello.

He added, “Anderson Silva would be the first choice for him as he feels like he could really do what he wants with him and it would be worth his while.”

“He’s been talking about fighting Anderson Silva for a long time and now he’s not in the UFC they can make that happen.” It clearly intensifies Roy Jones Jr’s upcoming journey in the sport as he has seemingly found the itch to compete once again.

Roy Jones Jr.- The Rebirth

After calling it a day in 2018, ‘Captain Hook’ remained retired until facing Tyson. He appears to be in a mood to accept several other challenges now.

MASHANTUCKET, CT – AUGUST 16: Roy Jones Jr. during his match against Eric Watkins in the season two finale of NUVOtvs Knockout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on August 16, 2015 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Jones won by a knockout in the sixth round. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images for NUVOtv)

While Anderson Silva has made it to his radar, Mike Tyson is still not out of it. Jones Jr. is ready to go toe to toe against ‘Iron’ again and seems confident of getting the win this time.

Yankello said, “He’d definitely contemplate it anyway, in my opinion, I think he’d do it from our conversations. I could use the word ‘might’.”

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He added, “I know he’d definitely do the Anderson Silva fight if there was enough public interest that wanted to see them fight.”

This might fuel up one of the biggest cross-overs of all time in combat sports. Silva and Jones Jr. are legends and have dominated their respective sports thoroughly in their prime.

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While they have hit their dotage, the matchup still makes sense for hardcore fight fans. Do you think Anderson Silva can beat Roy Jones Jr. in boxing?

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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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