MMA Middleweight legend Anderson Silva is reportedly in talks for a boxing match against the former WBC middleweight world boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “The Spider” was mentioned specifically by Chavez Jr. in a press conference announcing an event featuring him and his younger brother, Omar Chavez, boxing in bouts leading up to a main event headlined by their father, the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. Silva and his team have not confirmed their participation in the event, so the potential matchup remains a rumor at this point.
My Spanish is pretty basic but Chavez Jr. said in a presser that “I’m ready to fight whoever. I feel well and ready. The opponent, it appears that it’s going to be Anderson Silva, a UFC fighter, but I’m ready to win, no problem.” pic.twitter.com/FQ836lSHaw
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) March 18, 2021
Anderson Silva and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Anderson Silva is best remembered for his legendary UFC middleweight title run, where he defended it 10 times, during an undefeated streak where he also fought at light heavyweight several times. However, since losing the title to Chris Weidman in 2013, Silva has only won one out of his last nine fights. Most recently, he parted ways with the UFC last year after his loss to #9 ranked UFC middleweight Uriah Hall.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is best known for being the son of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., the famed Mexican boxer and world champion who was undefeated in his first 87 fights. Once considered to be the “future of Mexican boxing”, Chavez Jr. himself held the WBC middleweight title and defended it three times until he was defeated by Sergio Martinez. He last fought against Jeyson Minda last November, where he emerged with a TKO victory after four rounds.
The fight, if it goes ahead, would be the co-main at the special boxing event “Tribute to the Kings” where Chavez Sr. will headline in an exhibition bout against Hector Camacho Jr., the son of his late great rival, Hector “Macho” Camacho. The possible Anderson Silva/Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout would be at the light heavyweight boxing weight class of 175 pounds and take place over 10 rounds, according to 15rounds.com.