UFC legend Anderson Silva reaches agreement to fight former World Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June boxing match in Mexico, with the middleweight Brazilian – released last year by Dana White – returning to the sport at the age of 45
- Anderson Silva was dropped from UFC last year after losing a third fight in a row
- But the 45-year-old middleweight has now turned his attention to boxing
- He will fight in Mexico on June 19 against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr
- Chavez Jr, 35, was in talks to fight Roy Jones Jr but will take on Silva instead
MMA legend Anderson Silva has signed a contract to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a boxing match less than six months after he was kicked out of the UFC by Dana White.
Brazilian Silva, 45, was released by the UFC chief in 2020 after losing to Uriah Hall for the third time in a row, but insisted he did not want to retire and has now switched to boxing.
A fight against ex-middleweight champion Chavez Jr, 35, has been confirmed for June 19 at the Jalisco Stadum with 55,000 seats in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Anderson Silva (L) signed a deal to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (R) in the boxing ring in June
“Looking back on my journey, I see that nothing has been in vain,” Silva said TMZ Sports
‘I am very happy with the opportunity to test my boxing skills with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr .. I train continuously, always striving for resilience and to overcome obstacles. Fighting is my eternal breath. ‘
Chavez Jr. added, meanwhile, that he is eager to meet everyone in the light-heavyweight division while hitting his 52-5 record.
“I have rededicated myself to the sport I love and I will be ready to meet everyone in the light-heavyweight division, starting with Silva,” he said.
“I’ll be ready to triumph on June 19th.”
Brazilian fighter Silva responds after losing Uriah Hall in October 2020, his last fight in the UFC
A UFC legend, Silva holds the record for the longest title reign in company history at 2,457 days as a Middleweight Champion from 2006-2013, including 16 consecutive wins.
However, he does have experience with two fights in the boxing ring, losing to Osmar Luiz Teixeira in 1998, but knocking out against Julio Cesar De Jesus in 2005.
Chavez Jr was in talks to fight against Roy Jones Jr., 52, who made his comeback in a friendly against Mike Tyson in November, but has now turned attention to Silva for a fight in three months.