Anderson Silva beats Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision in impressive return to the ring
The 46-year-old UFC legend shone in the ring in Guadalajara on Saturday night. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images)
Anderson Silva knows how to fight, there's no doubt about that.
However, the UFC legend hasn't boxed in more than 15 years.
That didn't seem to matter on Saturday night, however.
Silva defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, by split decision in an eight-round bout. The fight was part of the Tribute to the Kings event, which featured Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.'s fight against Hector Camacho Jr.
Anderson Silva defeats Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision but that should have been unanimous. Silva, 46 years old, looked great. What a legend! pic.twitter.com/NUCXuymmfr
- Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) June 20, 2021
"I feel so happy," said Silva after winning the ring. "I'm very, wow ... I have to say thanks because my coaches work a lot and when I started this camp training I spoke to my coach and said that I have to do this because I love fighting and boxing is my dream for many, many years. "
Lightning bolts from the UFC came out in the early rounds on Saturday night when Silva was warned not to use his forearm more while fitting into the other sport. He didn't hesitate to show up early either.
Anderson Silva sure looks comfortable in a boxing ring?
The Spider shows up against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. #ChavezJrSilva pic.twitter.com/WBZUJyyiYV
- ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) June 20, 2021
In the fourth round, however, he seemed to have found his rhythm. Silva landed several solid shots, leaving Chavez Jr. on the ropes for most of the round while he took control of the fight.
Silva had tied him to the ropes only two laps later, while Chavez looked gassed. Chavez's eye also began to bleed significantly at the end of the seventh lap, as Silva had just passed the eighth lap with ease.
While the fight came back as a split decision - 77-75, 77-75, 75-77 - Silva was still taking the win he clearly deserved
Chavez Jr. entered the bout on Saturday with a 52-5-1 record but has lost three of his last five bouts. His last step into the ring was in November when he beat Jeyson Minda with a TKO in the fourth round. The former WBC middleweight champion was missing two pounds of weight on Friday and was fined $ 100,000 for at least the third time in his career that he was missing weight.
Silva entered the fight on Saturday with a 1-1 record in professional boxing, but had not gotten into the ring since 2005. The 46-year-old was fired from the UFC last year and went down as one of the best fighters in the history of the sport. He holds an incredible 34-11 record and has the longest winning streak in the UFC at 16.
Although it is unclear what his fighting future will bring, Silva is clearly not ready to completely retire from the sport - and is still able to assert himself.
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