Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is taking his talents to the boxing ring this summer instead of the octagon.
Silva (34-11-0, 1NC MMA, 1-1-0, 1 KO, Boxing), 45, in an interview with TMZ, confirmed he will face boxer Julio Cesar-Chavez, 35, on June 19.
Silva was considered the greatest fighter in the UFC since his debut in 2006 and during his middleweight title run. But after losing the title to Chris Weidman in June 2013, went on to notch a single victory with a no-contest in nine bouts. He was released by the UFC in November 2020 after a TKO loss to Uriah Hall.
“The Spider” is 1-1-0 in the boxing ring, fighting in 1988 and in 2005.
According to TMZ, the event is reportedly called “Tribute to the Kings,” with the event scheduled to take place at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico and expected to be available on pay-per-view.
Keith Schoen of Schoen Entertainment along with Armando Bareno, Jorge Toscano, and Saul Rios of Global Sports Streaming are the official promoters of the event.
“When I look back at my journey, I see that nothing has been in vain,” Silva said to TMZ. “I am extremely happy for the opportunity to test my boxing skills with Julio César Chávez Jr.”
Chavez Jr. (52-5-1, 1NC, 34 KOs), 34, is the son of the legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and a former WBC middleweight titleholder from 2011-2012. He snapped a two-fight losing skid with a TKO victory over Jeyson Minda last November.
“I have rededicated myself to the sport that I love and I will be ready to face anyone in the Light Heavyweight division starting with Silva,” Chavez Jr. said in a statement. “I will be prepared to be victorious on June 19.”
Chavez Sr., (115-6-2, 86 KOs), 58, is also on the card and will face Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (58-7-1, 1NC, 32 KOs).