Anderson Silva may be done with the UFC, but his name remains relevant in combat sports as a whole. On Monday, ESPN confirmed that “The Spider” is currently in negotiations to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a boxing match on June 19.
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A boxing match between Julio César Chávez Jr and Anderson Silva is being negotiated.
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The planned bout was first announced during a press conference on Thursday. During the said media event, organizer Saúl Ríos revealed that it was Chavez Jr. who brought Silva’s name up as a possible opponent.
“It was what Julio mentioned,” he said. For now, there is nothing concrete, but he is you are looking for, we are negotiating. It would be a 10-round fight.”
Silva, who turns 46 this April, last saw action on Halloween night when he lost via fourth-round TKO to Uriah Hall. The loss marked his third consecutive defeat which led to his UFC release three weeks later.
The 35-year-old Chavez Jr., meanwhile, is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over Ecuador’s Jeyson Minda in November.
Silva has been repeatedly linked to a possible boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. in the past, but his UFC contract at the time had prevented it from ever materializing.