Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. isn’t letting up on his dream of fighting future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva.
Jones and Silva have long expressed interest in sharing the boxing ring. The major holdup in making that matchup happen had to do with Silva’s contract. Now, Silva is a free agent.
While Jones’ last pro bout took place back in 2018, he did have an exhibition bout in 2020 against Mike Tyson. Jones didn’t commit to having another go inside the ring but he didn’t rule it out either.
TMZ Sports caught up with Jones, who revealed he’s likely going to put the gloves back on. His dream opponent is still “The Spider” (via BJPenn.com).
“Truthfully speaking, my dream next fight will probably be Anderson Silva. Because Anderson is available now, I’m available now, and so we’ve been wanting to box for the longest time. Why not me and Anderson go out there and put it on for the people?
“(We’ve been talking about it) for a few years now. It can happen (now) I think. I’m going to call him when I get home and I’ll see what’s happening. It can happen, yes.”
Silva was last seen in action back in October. He was stopped by Uriah Hall via TKO. After the fight, the UFC parted ways with Silva. It’s a far cry from the days of Silva being at the top of the middleweight food chain. He still holds the record for the most successful title defenses in the UFC Middleweight division.