Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. have been talking up a potential boxing superfight for the past few months, one that seems increasingly likely to happen, despite how bizarre it sounds.
Ahead of that fight, Jones Jr. stated that he’ll take a “tune-up” fight in Russia to make sure he’s in top physical shape. Well he won that fight this past weekend, defeating Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf in Moscow by unanimous decision, and taking the vacant WBU V cruiserweight title.
Now it seems that the boxing superstar will meet with UFC president Dana White to get the gears in motion for a fight with Anderson Silva.
According to the recent boxing event’s promoter Vladimir Hryunov, via Boxing Scene:
“White has long voiced his desire to organize an event in Russia. At the moment, several Russians are fighting in the UFC, and some of them I’m sure can get very far and even become champions. I very much look forward to meeting with White. The UFC events are held in a cage, and Jones and Silva will be staged under the rules of professional boxing. Therefore, they need a ring. This fight will create an enormous amount of interest around the world. And I would very much like [to have this fight] in Russia or in my country of Kazakhstan.”
This entire affair seems to hinge on whether or not Anderson Silva can beat Chris Weidman this weekend, and win back the UFC middleweight title.
Either way though, it puts him in an awkward situation. Would Dana White risk injuring or humiliating his middleweight champ in a boxing match? And if Silva loses, will anyone care about this superfight with Roy Jones Jr.?