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Anderson Silva‘s post-UFC adventures are off to a powerful begin. Combating in his first skilled boxing match in practically 16 years, the 46-year-old Silva defeated former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by break up resolution Saturday night time at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The judges scored the bout 77-75, 77-75, 75-77, per the pay-per-view broadcast. The playing cards did not fairly mirror the battle, which noticed Silva dictating the tempo and throwing slick mixtures in a dominant displaying. Chavez Jr. seemed misplaced combating on his dwelling turf, and there have been only some situations the place he gave Silva any hassle.
MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reacted to the battle, and likewise confirmed Canelo Alvarez congratulating Silva on his win:
The win improves Silva’s boxing record to 2-1. His previous matches were both in Brazil, a stoppage loss in 1998 and a win by knockout in 2005. In the meantime, Silva put together a legendary run in MMA, going 34-11 with 23 knockouts. He was released from his final UFC contract in November. That gave him a chance to return to the boxing ring, which he had been waiting to do for a long time, per ESPN’s Marc Raimondi:
Chavez might have thrown away any remaining goodwill from boxing fans with his lackluster showing. He had a golden opportunity to get a high-profile win and breathe some life into his sagging career, but the same issues that have plagued him for years cropped up again.
According to Raimondi, Chavez forfeited $100,000 of his purse to Silva as a result of he weighed in at 184 kilos, two kilos above the restrict set for the battle. Chavez additionally did not make weight for his battle towards Daniel Jacobs in 2019 and has been suspended indefinitely by the Nevada State Athletic Fee for declining a drug test.
Regardless of having far much less expertise as a standard boxer, it was Silva who confirmed extra aggression from the beginning. Chavez did not look comfy firing towards the southpaw, which gave Silva a few alternatives to go on the entrance foot and drive the battle to the ropes in what turned out to be a sluggish first two rounds.
Chavez confirmed flashes within the third, trapping Silva within the nook and tagging him with a few physique photographs. Even then, the offense left lots to be desired, as Silva was comfy sufficient to perform a little showboating, daring Chavez to assault.
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