(Updated) Dana White “Talking” With Boxing Star Roy Jones Jr.
Anderson Silva Still Wants Bout With Renowned Boxer
By FCF Staff
Anderson Silva hasn’t given up on his wish to box Roy Jones Jr., as recently the UFC middleweight champ relayed on a media call to promote his bout Saturday with Chris Weidman, that he would “love” to fight the decorated pugilist. In the past, Dana White didn’t sound overly keen about the idea, but according to multiple reports, the UFC President may have changed his tune.
While speaking to the media this week, White relayed that Jones Jr. is flying into Las Vegas this weekend and that he’s “talking” to the boxer. Although White stopped short of providing any details, in an interview with MMA Fighting.com, he acknowledged that it’s something Silva really wants to do and that as a result he’s going to sit down with Jones Jr.
Of course, it remains to be seen what and if anything materializes from the discussions, as considering Silva is 38 years old, one would think the UFC would prefer the champion to remain focused on MMA. Then again, a boxing match between Jones Jr. and Silva could draw serious interest and revenue.
Jones Jr. is 44 years old and currently holds a pro boxing record of 55-8.
Update: According to veteran MMA writer Kevin Iole from Yahoo, Jones Jr. has relayed to him via text that he is “planning to talk to Dana White about fighting MMA.” Of course, it remains to be seen whether White is receptive, and if so, who the boxer might face.
The UFC signed decorated boxer James Toney to a contract in 2010, however the vet was tapped out by Randy Couture at UFC 118 and has not competed in MMA since.