Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. wish to struggle. The 2 fight sports activities legends have been sharing their want to at some point face one another for years. Now, the brand new Mike Tyson’s venture may be the answer to make their dream turn into a actuality.
With Jones Jr getting back from retirement for an exhibition struggle towards Tyson, and ‘The Spider’ Silva free from his UFC contract, it looks as if a struggle between the 2 is nearer than ever earlier than.
Silva, who has simply been launched from his UFC bond, is just not able to retire from preventing. He has voiced his want to maintain doing what he loves, however UFC boss Dana White wasn’t satisfied by ‘The Spider’ in his final performances.
Jones Jr is worked up about his comeback and has engaged himself with Tyson’s new enterprise, the place the previous heavyweight champion plans to offer growing older athletes a spot to compete. Jones Jr, 51, appears to be so enthusiastic with the concept his cornerman, Tom Yankello, is already pitching new fights for the previous 4 division’s champion.
“I do know he is acquired a few guys he desires to settle scores with in the event that they’re prepared to. We acquired [Antonio] Tarver and [Bernard] Hopkins,” mentioned Yankello about Jones Jr’s intentions. “However I do not assume he would come again to simply struggle; he would not come for simply anybody. It must be one of many guys he actually desires or for a cruiserweight world championship of one thing like that.”
Remembering Jones Jr’s outdated hope of boxing Anderson Silva sometime, Yankello mentioned the previous pugilist continues to be up for the problem.
“Anderson Silva, that is one other title. I can see one thing like that too. Roy likes to struggle, he loves to coach, he is the last word competitor, he enjoys that.”
Roy Jones Jr. and Anderson Silva have been linked to a crossover struggle for years
Over the last years of his profession, Roy Jones Jr pursued a crossover struggle with UFC legend Anderson Silva. Sadly for the followers, it by no means got here to be.
The Brazilian, thought of by many to be the best fighter of all time, additionally expressed his want to struggle Jones Jr, even when he was at his UFC peak. However Silva’s contract did not permit him to struggle exterior of the promotion he represented.
Here is a Dana White interview with Ariel Helwani forward of what can be Silva’s first-ever defeat to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, the place the UFC boss discusses the potential for ‘The Spider’ preventing Jones Jr. The query is at 2:15.
The closest the 2 have been to an actual struggle prior to now was again in 2018 when Silva had issues with USADA after failing a drug take a look at and struggled to return to the octagon. Jones Jr made the request once more to White, however he by no means acquired what he needed.
Printed 28 Nov 2020, 06:07 IST