UFC Legend Anderson Silva Reportedly Set to Fight Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June

Published 03/24/2021, 9:16 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Anderson Silva of Brazil kicks Israel Adesanya of New Zealand in their middleweight bout during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva is reportedly in talks to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. inside the boxing ring. The bout can potentially take place on June 19, which will also be the last time the former WBC middleweight champion competes.

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While looking for an opponent for his farewell bout, the Mexican boxer has expressed interest in fighting ‘The Spider’. ESPN Knockout first reported the news following a press-conference last week. A promoter of the June 19 event has also confirmed the news. However, nothing is official as of yet.

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Saul Rios, one of the promoters of the event, said recently, “It was what Julio mentioned, for now there is nothing concrete, but it is [what] you are trying to do, we are negotiating. It would be a 10-round fight.” The news is fascinating in many aspects, as MMA fans would love to see Silva compete inside the squared ring.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his loss to Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The former middleweight champion was recently released by the UFC after his loss to Uriah Hall in October. Silva has won only one fight inside the Octagon since 2013, as his UFC 183 win over Nick Diaz was later turned into a no-contest. And at 45, the Brazilian legend is way past his prime as a fighter.

So, one can understand the UFC’s decision to cut the legendary figure as the promotion is currently looking to size up their bloated roster. There were reports of ‘The Spider‘ possibly tying knots with Bellator MMA. However, those rumors never materialized.

How would Anderson Silva fare inside the squared ring?

Silva won’t be the first prominent UFC superstar to step into the world of boxing. Former two-division UFC champion, Conor McGregor, is the most famous MMA star to do it. Also, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, will fight in a boxing match in April. Ben Askren will also make his boxing debut in the same card as Mir.

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Silva has been a prolific striker throughout his career. His striking accuracy combined with his exceptional head-movement makes up for a good recipe for boxing. However, against a former world champion like Chavez Jr., he will have his hands full.

What did you make of the news of Silva possibly boxing Chavez Jr.? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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