Silva (34-11, 1 NC in MMA) will face former middleweight boxing title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (52-5-1, 34 KOs) in a professional eight-round bout at Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. The fight shares co-billing with an exhibit pitting Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. against Hector Camacho Jr.
It may have been decades ago, but Silva, the former UFC middleweight champion, appeared in a pair of professional boxing matches in his native Brazil – in 1998 and 2005 – and finished with a record of 1-1. This time around, the stakes and the level of attention paid to combat are very different, as is the weight contracted.
According to Silva, this weekend’s celebrity fight was contracted for 82.5 kilograms, which equates to around 181 pounds. What makes this important is that Silva has fought most of his MMA career at 185 pounds, as well as a handful of derivative fights up to 205 pounds. Chavez, on the other hand, won a world title at 160 pounds in boxing but never won a meaningful fight again above that weight despite several attempts to resurrect his career at 168 and 175 pounds.
In fact, it is that Chavez, 35, has become such a laughing stock in professional boxing due to his unprofessionalism – drug suspensions and a lack of discipline in training to outright quitting at the middle of the fights – which has the potential to make this circus match oddly competitive.
As long as Silva can gain weight in a healthy way at his age, he will have enough height advantage over the chronically underachieving Chavez that it could get interesting.
” We hope [that Silva made a mistake accepting the fight,] Chavez’s father Julio Sr. told “Morning Kombat” on Thursday. “What worries me in this fight is the weight. My son has never fought at this weight before so this is something that worries me a lot. ”
When it comes to his recent track record, Chavez has been horrible. He called for a fight against light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara in 2015 when they met at 172 pounds. Chavez was also lifeless and unwilling to let go in a PPV loss to pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez in 2017.
The last fight of major significance for Chavez was against former middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in 2019 when Chavez, after failing to gain weight, again requested to retire from the fight claiming to be injured and was been bombarded with garbage and beer by the pro-Mexican mob in Phoenix. Chavez’s next fight against unbeaten Mario Abel Cazares ended in a technical decision loss after an accidental cut forced Chavez to retire again.
“In the contract, it’s 82.5 kilos and it’s a good challenge for us – for Chavez and for me too,” Silva told “Morning Kombat” this week. “But I think everyone is prepared for it and are ready to put on a good show in this fight.
“I love to fight and I am so lucky to be here. I am so excited to challenge myself in boxing. ”
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When asked if he needs to win this fight in order to pursue possible future boxing fights in this era of high-income celebrity against anyone from Logan and Jake Paul to Oscar De La Hoya or Roy Jones Jr. Silva said he was just focusing on giving the best effort.
“It’s all connected – entertaining people, winning the fight and showing my respect for boxing,” said Silva. “For now, I’ll just try to do my best. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I am an athlete and I train to win and anything is possible. I accepted this challenge but I don’t like to do anything that would disrespect the boxing community. I’m trying to do something special in the ring on Saturday for my fans.
“Listen, anything is possible in this sport right now in terms of entertainment. I don’t know if I will fight boxing again very soon or if I will fight in jiu-jitsu. But I’m trying to do my best on both sides. ”
As noted above, the Chavez Jr.-Silva fight is actually the main co-event of this interesting event dubbed “Tribute to the Kings”. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., 58, will face the son of one of his former enemies when he takes on Hector Camacho Jr. in a special exhibit at the top of the map. Chavez Sr. has stepped into the ring for exhibition matches several times since his retirement in 2005. He recently faced Jorge Arce last September when the two traded punches over three rounds and continued after the final bell. .
- Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. vs. Hector Camacho Jr., special exhibition
- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva, contracted weight in eight rounds
- Omar Chavez vs. Ramon Alvarez, middleweight
- Date: June 19 | Location: Stade Jalisco – Guadalajara, Mexique
- Start time: 21 h HE | How to watch / stream: TV FITE
When Chavez Jr. is involved, literally anything is possible. Still, even with the size disadvantage, his youth and experience should be enough to outperform the older and much more inexperienced Silva, in boxing terms, over the eight-round distance.
The key for Chavez, as always, will be his commitment to the body. Provided he puts the job into training camp and pushes the pace against Silva from the opening bell, the combination of Chavez’s jab and willingness to get inside should be more than enough to avoid the trouble and move towards a decision.
For Silva, he’s going to have to use what’s left of his quickness and feints to land the kind of big punch that would deter Chavez from advancing forward. Making such a transition to boxing after years of honing his MMA punching skills won’t be easy and fans shouldn’t expect him to. Unless he can use his size as a weapon inside, it could be a long night for the “Spider”.
Take: Chavez via UD8