Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr call for boxing match
UFC G.O.A.T. Anderson Silva, 42, and boxing great Roy Jones Jr, 48, have expressed interest in boxing each other since 2009. With a second anti-doping test failure for Silva possibly fueling the effort, Jones did a call out during a recent appearance on The Ask Gary Vee Show.
“I’m still trying to fight Anderson Silva right now,” said Jones, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “Me and Anderson Silva have been trying to fight way before Floyd Mayweather and McGregor ever thought about this. We’ve been trying to fight for nine years now and they would not let him get free to fight me. … Me and him could have did this a long time ago and we were at the pinnacle of our careers when we first started talking about it so why they still won’t let us fight right now, I don’t know.”
“He still wants to fight me and I still want to fight him. He has 14 professional boxing matches so the different thing about it is, he has boxing experience. So it’s conceivable that he could do it.
“Both of us want to fight right now still and the UFC won’t let him free to fight. I’m 48, going on 49 in January, and because of how big it is, and how big of an event it is, and I know what it means to him, I’m still willing to fight Anderson Silva tomorrow if he was free to do it.”
The Spider is enthusiastic.
“OK Roy Jr this is everything I’ve wanted for years, long before all this happened,” he said on his social network. “It will be a pleasure to step into the ring with you. I have great respect and admiration for everything you’ve done in boxing and everyone knows that this has always been my great dream. Let’s make this event happen. I think we have this right, in fact, this is something that both you and I are willing to do. So. Let’s make it happen, Mr. Roy.”
There are many, many ifs here. If Silva ends up being suspended from MMA, that would apply to boxing. But the bout could be held internationally outside the reach of regulators. Further, the UFC contract explicitly prohibits prizefighting, so they too would have to agree. So don’t count on it.
One potential barrier is down, however – Jones Jr doesn’t GAF about PEDs.
“Me and Anderson Silva started this,” said Jones Jr. to FightHype. “So me and Anderson Silva are gonna finish this. So if the UFC would go on and let him free – I don’t care about no PEDs. He can have all the PEDs he wants because that’s my man. I don’t believe he’d take PEDs against me, no way, but even if he had a PED show up in his system, I don’t care about that. . . Anderson takes precedence to everybody.”