Report: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. & UFC Legend Anderson Silva In Talks For Boxing Match
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s next opponent isn’t set in stone but Anderson Silva is reportedly a possibility.
On June 19, Chavez’s father will be in an exhibition bout against Hector Camacho Jr. Chavez Jr. is set to be on the card along with Omar Chavez. Omar will be taking on Roman Alvarez in a trilogy fight.
ESPN Knockout is reporting that negotiations are underway for a boxing match between Chavez Jr. and Silva.
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Saúl Ríos, an organizer of the Chavez vs. Camacho event, told reporters that the bout is indeed being discussed.
“It was what Julio mentioned. For now, there is nothing concrete, but we are negotiating. It would be a 10-round fight.”
Silva fought under the UFC banner for the final time back in October 2020. He was stopped by Uriah Hall via fifth-round TKO. After the defeat, Silva was released from his UFC contract.
“The Spider” is considered to be a shoo-in for the UFC Hall of Fame at some point. He once held the record for most consecutive successful UFC Title defenses. While that record was broken by Demetrious Johnson, Silva still has the most successful title defenses in the UFC middleweight division.
Silva will turn 46 in April. While he is no longer in his prime, “The Spider” still has name recognition. The question has been, which promoters are willing to spend the money to get him? PFL President Ray Sefo told FIGHT SPORTS that he’d rather see Silva retire. Bellator and BKFC also dismissed the possibility of bringing Silva in.
One thing is for sure, at least one organizer in the boxing world is at least willing to speak to “The Spider.”