At the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. MMA legend Anderson Silva came over to boxing and turned back the lock by winning an eight round split decision over former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Silva was the more aggressive fighter and landed more and had Chavez on the ropes for a good portion of the fight.
The scores read 77-75 twice for Silva and 77-75 Chavez.
Silva, 182 lbs of Brazil, is widely regarded as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time and now has a professional boxing record of 2-1.
Chavez, who weighed in 2.4 lbs of the contracted weight of 182, is now 52-6.
“I ’m so happy to be here. I want to thank Adidas for taking care of me and supplying me with all the gear that I needed to train for this fight. We won every round . This has been a dream of mine for many years. I did this because I have the best team. My team is my family. We did this together. Lots of hard work to get to this point. Absolutely will do this again,” said Silva.
“I’m grateful for all the opportunities that life has given me, all the difficulties I’ve been through, and I never stopped believing in my potential, I always dedicated myself to the maximum, overcoming all obstacles, never letting myself get down for absolutely anything. I am immensely grateful to everyone who was part of my journey, to those who cheered for my success and even those who played against, because each one of them was a key part for me to get here.
“Finally to my people, this message it’s for you, my followers, don’t stop believing, do the best with what you have at the moment, donate 100% in everything you do, with your heart and with love. No one but you can dictate the rules of your journey! Success is the result of hard work, a lot of love and dedication.”