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Anderson Silva Challenges Roy Jones Jr. To Boxing Match

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has his sights set on stepping inside the boxing ring.

Silva let it be known recently via Instagram that he is interested in rekindling the fire around a boxing match with former six-time champion Roy Jones, Jr.

“Ok Roy Jr this is everything I’ve wanted for years, long before all this happened, it will be a pleasure to step into the ring with you,” he wrote. “I have great respect and admiration for everything you’ve done in boxing and everyone knows that this has always been my great dream. Let’s make this event happen. I think we have this right, in fact this is something that both You and I are willing to do. So. Let’s make it happen, Mr. Roy.”

Of course, Silva is also likely facing a suspension for a second failed drug test, so gaining approval to compete could be an issue for “The Spider.”

Silva has twice before competed in pro boxing matches, defeating Julio Cesar De Jesus in 2005 via second round knockout and falling to Osmar Luiz Teixeira in 1998. He is 34-8 with one no-contest in his MMA career, having scored a decision victory over Derek Brunson this past February.

Jones, who has won six world titles in four different weight classes, is 65-9 with 47 career knockouts.