Anderson Silva will return to the boxing ring for the first time since 2005 when he faces Julio Cesa Chavez Jr. on June 19 in Jalisco, Mexico.
ESPN was first to report the booking, which will be contested at 180 pounds, according to promoter Saul Rios. The former UFC middleweight champion later confirmed the news to TMZ Sports.
"When I look back at my journey, I see that nothing has been in vain," Silva said. "I am extremely happy for 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 everlasting breath."
“The Spider” is 1-1 in boxing, suffering a first-round TKO loss to Osmar Luiz Teixeira in his debut in 1998 before defeating Juliar Cesar De Jesus via second-round TKO in 2005. Both bouts occurred in Brazil. The 45-year-old was once regarded as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in mixed martial arts. He parted ways with the UFC following a fourth-round stoppage loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 181 this past October. Silva won just one of his last nine appearances within the Las Vegas-based promotion.
“When the fight was over, he couldn’t even stand up to do his interview. He had to sit down and do an interview. I made a big mistake and I shouldn’t have let him fight this fight tonight,” UFC president Dana White said of Silva after his bout vs. Hall. “He’s a legend of this sport and he’s a legend of this company, and I did something I disagreed with. I knew I was right, and tonight proved I was right, and Anderson Silva should never fight again.”
Chavez Jr. is 52-5-1 with 34 knockouts over the course of his boxing career. He is just 2-3 over his last five outings, which includes a loss to Canelo Alvarez.
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