He may have retired from the UFC last year after a poor run of form which saw him register just one win in his final nine fights with the organisation, the 45-year-old Anderson Silva looks set to try his hand in the boxing ring.
The former longtime middleweight champion had been long linked to a fight with Roy Jones Jr. throughout much of his UFC heyday but despite that particular fight never coming to pass, Silva could be set to tangle with another well-known name from the squared circle in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Reports online indicate that Silva and Chavez Jr. are in negotiations to fight on June 19, with promoter Saul Rios saying that it was Chavez Jr. who suggested Silva as an opponent.
“It was what Julio mentioned,” Rios said. “For now, there is nothing concrete, but he is you are looking for, we are negotiating. It would be a 10-round fight.”
Silva has taken part in two boxing matches in the past, going 1-1 with his most recent outing coming in 2005 when he knocked out Julio Cesar De Jesus in the second round.
Chavez Jr., meanwhile, has registered an impressive career record of 52-5-1 (1) which includes a win against Irish former world champion Andy Lee. He has also been in the ring with some of the sport’s most notable names like Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.