UFC veteran Lytle in negotiation to box Roy Jones Jr.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Although Chris Lytle retired from professional mixed martial arts in 2011, it may not be the end of his career in professional combat sports:

Retired UFC welterweight Chris Lytle (31-18-5 MMA, 10-10 UFC), who at 39 years old hasn’t competed since August 2011, is reportedly in negotiations for a boxing match against current World Boxing Union cruiserweight champion Roy Jones Jr.

Ariel Helwani revealed the plans on Wednesday’s new edition of “UFC Tonight,” stating that Lytle is “very hopeful” that a 10-round, 175-pound contest can be scheduled for later this year.

While his experience pales in comparison to that of Jones, Lytle wouldn’t enter the boxing ring as a complete neophyte. “Lights Out” boxed professionally 15 times from 2002 to 2005, earning an impressive 13-1-1 record that included seven knockouts. Of course, the totality of that run comprises of 74 rounds of boxing compared to the 448 rounds Jones Jr. has amassed while building a 57-8 record in the sport.

Lytle is reportedly pursuing just the one boxing appearance before calling it a career in combat sports. MMA is not currently in his plans.

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