Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Says There’s Pressure To Defeat Anderson Silva
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is feeling the pressure to perform to the best of his abilities against Anderson Silva.
Chavez and Silva are set to collide on June 19. While Chavez is a former boxing world champion, Silva was once considered to be the pound-for-pound best fighter in the UFC. In terms of boxing experience, Silva has a record of 1-1 competing in the sweet science.
Chavez recently discussed the importance of scoring a victory over the former UFC Middleweight Champion (via BoxingScene.com).
“I respect Anderson Silva because he is a great martial arts fighter, he is a legend, and it was a surprise [that he took this fight] because I never thought he would come to boxing.
“These are two different sports [boxing and MMA], although the training is similar. It is a risk for those [MMA fighters] who are going to switch to boxing, although I know that he has already boxed, he must know what he is going to do.
“He is an intelligent person, it will be a difficult test, he does not have an easy style, for me it is a double-edged sword, because so many people believe that a person from the UFC cannot [do much with] a boxer, and that [opinion] goes against me. I have to win by any means necessary, because supposedly [MMA fighters] don’t know how to box.”
Chavez was last seen in action back in November 2020. He defeated Jeyson Minda via fourth-round TKO. Silva hasn’t been in the boxing ring since August 2005.