Who Is Roy Jones Jr. Interested In Fighting After Mike Tyson?
After retiring from boxing in 2018, Roy Jones Jr. is looking to stay busy. The former champion is set to face off against Mike Tyson in September for charity. Following that, he may be looking to keep his comeback exhibition tour alive and well.
Jones (66-9) will be facing off against Tyson (50-6, 2 NC) in an exhibition bout on September 12. The event will cost $49.99 via Triller. Earning a 50-50 split of the purse, who else would Jones like to face? Speaking to MMA Fighting, Jones discussed a fight that has been long-discussed about in Anderson Silva.
“People have been talking about Roy Jones Jr. vs. Anderson Silva in a boxing match for years, even before the McGregor-Mayweather fight happened,” Jones stated, via Boxing Scene. We were supposed to happen first. And, unlike that fight, Anderson has professional boxing experience. McGregor didn’t. So, this is much more of a competitive fight, especially with us being older. Now, because he has experience it is much easier for him to survive.”
Making his professional debut in 1989, Jones won the IBF Middleweight Title in 1993 against Bernard Hopkins. He then moved up in weight to light-heavyweight. “Captain Hook” became the first middleweight champion to win heavyweight gold. He ended his career on a four-fight win streak in the cruiserweight division in 2018.
Joining the UFC in 2006, “The Spider” beat Rich Franklin for the UFC Middleweight Title. Silva (34-10, 1 NC), a former PRIDE and Cage Rage competitor, defended the title ten times before losing it to Chris Weidman in 2013. Since then, Silva has gone 1-5 with one no-contest in seven bouts. He is currently on a two-fight losing streak, having injured his leg against Jared Cannonier in May 2019.
Silva is 1-1 in boxing. He lost a fight against Osmar Luiz Teixeira in 1998 and beat Julio Cesar De Jesus via knockout in 2005. The two have expressed interest in fighting before, but UFC President Dana White wasn’t too keen on the booking.
Back then, Silva was 33 and Jones was 39. As far as how the fight would go now, Jones (51) believes a fight with Silva (45) can be an interesting affair.
“He doesn’t have to deal with the young tiger Roy Jones,” said Jones. “He gets to deal with the older Roy Jones where he may have a chance to deal with because I’m much older than what I once was. But, that still is a big event and it would’ve been a big event if it happened back then. As Mike shows you now, never say never, the opportunity may come now.”