Roy Jones Jr: I am taking tune up fight for Anderson Silva

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Roy Jones Jr., 45, is an all-time great in boxing. Anderson Silva, 38, is arguably the all-time great in MMA. And the pair want to box each other, Silva sometimes almost obsessively so.

Now Jones, in an interview with‘s John Dennen, says he wants a tune up fight with cruiserweight Bobby Gunn as a warm-up for “The Spider.”

“If he beats Weidman, then we’ll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do,” said Jones. “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.”

Jones is on a two-fight win streak, but is in the twilight of his career, winning just seven of his last 13 fights. Three of the losses were by knockout.

Jones of course has lost just once since 2006. He hopes to avenge the defeat at UFC 168 on Dec. 28. After that, could a boxing match with Jones really be in store?

For Silva the reasoning is simple – he has admired Jones for decades, and wants to test his boxing skills. Jones has never articulated why he wants to box Anderson Silva. Perhaps he thinks he thinks a win over the former and perhaps future UFC champion would resurrect his career or at least his profile, perhaps he wants to rep boxing in a boxing vs. MMA match up, or perhaps he thinks it is easy money.

In any case, both Jones and Silva are ferociously determined men, and seem determined to box each other. UFC president Dana White met with Jones in July at UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman I, and was willing to entertain the idea. What do you think the odds of it happening are?