Forty-four year old boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. wants to fight Anderson Silva, but he recently stated that he would prefer to be given a tune-up fight prior to stepping into the ring against the former UFC Middleweight Champ. The opponent he had in mind: Canadian boxer Bobby Gunn.
So far, the only boxer vs. mixed martial artist fight we’ve seen was James Toney vs. Randy Couture at UFC 118, and that fight didn’t even make it out of the first round. Couture submitted Toney with minimal effort in under 3 and a half minutes of the first round via arm triangle choke. Even though Toney was easily defeated, he should be given praise for stepping into the Octagon against an MMA legend with not a single mixed martial arts fight under his belt. He did what many other boxers were too scared to do.
This is what makes the potential matchup between Silva and Jones so interesting: Anderson Silva would be fighting Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match, not an MMA fight. This would give Jones a significant advantage because boxing is his game.
According to MMAmania.com, the boxing legend had this to say about the most recent developments regarding a potential boxing match against Anderson Silva:
“If he (Silva) beats Weidman, then we’ll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do. The Gunn fight would give me a tune-up, so I’m ready for the fight in case he beats Weidman. So if he beats Weidman, I’ve got to be ready for it because he’s going to be coming for me and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants. He said that’s his lifelong dream. We’ve got to make that happen. He’s a great striker and a great defender.”
This puts pressure on Silva to accomplish a difficult task: beat Chris Weidman. The 29 year-old American is currently undefeated, boasting a professional record of 10-0, and being the first person in history to hand Anderson Silva a loss in the UFC. Aside from Weidman, there could be another serious obstacle for Silva to get his dream match against Jones.
UFC President Dana White doesn’t have a reputation for being a flexible businessman. It seems very unlikely that he would let one of his biggest stars take such a big risk by fighting in uncharted territory. Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see.