UFC Legend Anderson Silver took his talents to the boxing ring and defeated former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with a majority decision on Saturday night’s Tribute to the Kings at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The eight round battle was scored 77-75 in favour of the UFC Legend, who participated in his third professional fight as a Boxer.
“I feel so happy. I needed to do this because I love fighting, and boxing has been my dream for many years,” Silva said. “I came here to do my best. I respect all the Mexican people. They’re very special people. Maybe I’ll fight again very soon.
The 46 year old Brazilian landed 25% of his punches, that’s 99 of 392. Chavez on the other hand, participated in his 59th fight but landed on 53 punches out of 153. Silva, in his last UFC appearance was stopped in the fourth round back in October 2020.
“It could have been a draw,” said Chavez, who forfeited $100,000 of his purse for failing to make the contracted 182-pound limit. “He really didn’t do that much damage. I felt good. I felt that he wanted to control the fight and make me fall into his fight.”
Silva was quite comfortable in the first round, for a boxer who was fighting with a former champion. He easily chipped in his right upper cuts at will using his south paw stance to his advantage.
The round two and three were more for Chavez Jr., who aggressively leveled the field with his body shots. Silva in his part kept waving the former champion in and allowed him to outwork him, while staying in one corner.
Silva then came into the fourth firing, had lots of success and connected Jabs and uppercuts that even snapped Chavez Jr. head backwards late in the round. The fifth round saw Chavez’s work rate diminish as he seemed more fatigued than the MMA Legend . He complained more about Silva’s elbows, punches and everything the legend was doing.
Silva’s beat round came in the six, when he became more confident and forced Chavez Jr. To the ropes with his Jab and Punches, while Chavez Jr. became desperately swung his fist out of frustration. The Brazilian was also very successful in the seventh as Chavez Jr. was more inactive and fatigued.
Silva was much more in good shape than Chavez Jr. who was more experienced in the field and was still moving in the ring popping jabs and punches on Chavez Jr., who came forward irrespective of the ineffectiveness of the strategy. The fight was stopped briefly for the Ringside Doctor to access the cut.