AP – Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr is considering a match with the deadliest fighter in mixed martial arts, Anderson Silva.
Representatives of UFC middleweight champion Silva and Jones Jr. have confirmed that they in talks for a future boxing match.
Although the potential fight has been rumoured the news comes from TV presenter Mike Chiappetta at NBCSports.com.
Since UFC 82 earlier this month, the report says that negotiations are now in the preliminary stage and that both Silva and Jones are pushing for it.
NBCSports.com, which first reported the possible boxing match during an interview with Silva prior to UFC 82, has also learned that the fight will be an official boxing match – not an exhibition – and that it would likely take place at a catchweight between 170 and 185 lbs.
There would be a few hurdles, of course. The UFC would have to sign off on the fight, and Silva would have to get a license from the hosting state’s athletic commission. Silva and Jones would also have to agree on a split of the revenue.
Alan Hopper, director of public relations for Don King Productions, said the talks are ongoing and that Jones is interested in the fight.
No date or possible venue for the event has been decided. However, it would certainly air on pay-per-view.
Silva, 32, joined the UFC in late 2006. He is a career 21-4 (including 6-0 in the UFC). After defeating Rich Franklin for the title at UFC 64, he’s made three successful title defenses. Silva, widely regarded as the sport’s top striker, has a seven-fight win streak all coming via stoppage. He’s 1-1 as a professional boxer, according to BoxRec.com.
Jones, 39, has a career record of 52-4 with 38 knockouts, though his past five wins have come via decision. He won titles in the middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight classes before defeating John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight championship in 2003.
He was named the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s, and he held the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NBA, WBF, and IBA light heavyweight championships at the same time. UFC president Dana White, who would need to approve the fight, has yet to comment on the matter.