Thor Silva, the son of mixed martial arts legend Wanderlei Silva, was victorious in his amateur boxing debut this past Saturday.
Wanderlei was in Thor’s corner along with Evolução Thai head coach Andre Dida. The 17-year-old Thor squared off against the far more experienced Vinicius Vina, who is also 17 but has 14 bouts under his belt.
“I followed a good part of Wand´s prime in Pride and the UFC and never saw him so nervous,” Dida told Sherdog.com.
The fight was the main event of a Venum Private Fight amateur card. Both Thor and his opponent were aggressive throughout the three-round affair, but the younger Silva ended up winning via decision.
“What impressed me the most about Thor is his mental toughness. It looks like he doesn’t feel the pressure to be Wanderlei Silva´s son,” Dida said. “Now we will have him train jiu-jitsu with Sergio Moraes and next year we want to make his MMA debut in an amateur event.”
The bout was Thor’s boxing debut, but his second combat sports appearance overall. The first occurred this past December when he won an amateur kickboxing fight via knockout in the first round.
Chute Boxe founder Rudimar Fedrigo, who was the first master of Wanderlei Silva, was also present and looked happy to see Thor in action.
"Wanderlei started about the same age with us and I could see about the same killer instinct,” he said. “Take note of this name, Thor Silva -- a future champion."
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