After leaving the UFC, Anderson Silva signed a contract to face Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. in a boxing match on June 19 at a soccer stadium in Jalisco, Guadalajara, México.
Eleven years older than the former world boxing champion, the 46-year-old former UFC middleweight king brought his boxing coach, Luiz Dorea, from Brazil to care of his training.
“We will have 11 weeks until the fight, which will be at a catchweight (182 pounds) in 8 rounds of 3 minutes. If Chavez has the age advantage, Anderson has the size advantage,” Dorea told Sherdog.com.
The boxing coach sees the matchup as a clash of opposite styles.
“What I like about that fight is that it will be a clash of totally different styles,” Dorea said. “Cesar Chavez is a tough guy who likes to close the distance, put his head on his opponent’s chest and use crosses, hooks and uppercuts in the infight, while Anderson has the movement and distance control as his differential, using more jabs and straight punches.”
Dorea feels that the the elder Julio Cesar Chavez, Chavez Jr.’s father, is the Boxing GOAT and is excited to coach against him.
“For me he is the best boxer ever. It will be such an honor to face my idol in the opposite corner,” Dorea said.
Dorea also discussed the revolution YouTube personality Jake Paul has sparked in recent months thanks to viral knockouts of former NBA player Nate Robinson and more recently, ex-Bellator MMA and One Championship title holder Ben Askren.
“What this kid has done was good both for boxing and the MMA world,” Dorea said. “Anything that attracts more fans to the sport is really positive, but of course he is a very smart guy and knows his limits. Askren is a wrestler. If he faces a fighter with real boxing experience, like Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for example, who is retired but was a Pan American Boxing champion, there is no chance he lasts more than four rounds, even with Rogerio retired.”
In closing, offered some positive news regarding Junior dos Santos, who was recently released from the UFC following a lengthy tenure.
“He got proposals from boxing and MMA organizations and soon good news is coming,” Dorea said. “All I can say is that I would love to see him fighting in both. But let´s wait and see.”
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