Former four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. is still very much interested in having a boxing match against UFC legend Anderson Silva.
A potential boxing match between Jones and Silva has been a topic of discussion for several years – with the cross-over contest never coming close to being a reality as the UFC would not allow it to happen.
On September 12 in California, Jones will enter the ring for an eight round exhibition fight against former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson, 54-years-old, will be fighting for the first time since 2005, and Jones, 51-years-old, is returning to the ring for his first in-ring stint since 2018.
While Jones recently claimed that his upcoming fight with Tyson is a “one and done” return – he would bypass that position for a fight with Silva.
He believes fans would view that contest as a much more competitive encounter – due to their advanced years.
“People have been talking about Roy Jones Jr. vs. Anderson Silva in a boxing match for years, even before the McGregor-Mayweather fight happened. We were supposed to happen first. And, unlike that fight, Anderson has professional boxing experience. McGregor didn’t. So, this is much more of a competitive fight, especially with us being older. Now, because he has experience it is much easier for him to survive,” Jones said to MMA Fighting.
“He doesn’t have to deal with the young tiger Roy Jones. He gets to deal with the older Roy Jones where he may have a chance to deal with because I’m much older than what I once was. But, that still is a big event and it would’ve been a big event if it happened back then. As Mike shows you now, never say never, the opportunity may come now.”