Former four division champion Roy Jones Jr. is still very much interested in facing UFC legend Anderson Silva in a boxing match.
The 51-year-old Jones hit the ring last month, when he fought 54-year-old former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to an eight round draw in their pay-per-view exhibition clash.
For years, Jones and Silva hav expressed their desire to fight each other.
Silva’s UFC contract prevented that encounter from ever coming together.
But, earlier this year the UFC released the 45-year-old MMA fighter – which now allows him to engage in serious negotiations to face Jones in the future.
Jones’ trainer has spoken to his boxer about that fight – indicating that the veteran boxer would like to get Silva in the ring – and there is interest in a rematch against Tyson.
“I think that rematch and Anderson Silva are the two fights that he’s looking at. Anderson Silva would be the first choice for him as he feels like he could really do what he wants with him and it would be worth his while,” said Jones’ trainer, Tom Yankello, to The Sun.
“He’s been talking about fighting Anderson Silva for a long time and now he’s not in the UFC they can make that happen. If that fight was presented he’d fight again. I know he’d do the Tyson fight, he said that right after, we’ve talked about it. He’d definitely contemplate it anyway, in my opinion, I think he’d do it from our conversations. I could use the word ‘might’.
“I know he’d definitely do the Anderson Silva fight if there was enough public interest that wanted to see them fight.”
Silva has some boxing experience. He lost his pro debut in 1998 and came back with a win in 2005.
When Jones finally retired in 2018, he named Silva as a fighter he would still face if possible.