Tim Sylvia (24-5) has a busy week ahead, as he makes his professional boxing debut against former world heavyweight boxing champion, and 1988 Olympic gold medalist, Ray Mercer this Saturday at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on May 30th at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, however had be be moved when the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board refused to sanction the bout.
While Sylvia gears up for his boxing debut, he is still staying busy in MMA. He has signed on to face Paul Buentello at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1st, 2009 and told Fighters Only Magazine recently that he would fight Brock Lesnar if the UFC offered the fight to him.
“I want to fight a couple of times and get some wins, get some momentum again but if the UFC called and said ‘We want you to fight Brock in three months’, I would do it,” he told the U.K. based publication.
“He [Lesnar] improves every time he fights,” the former UFC Heavyweight Champion stated. “He has got some good people behind him and he trains smart. The sky is the limit for that guy.”
While Sylvia praised Lesnar, he still noted that Randy Couture outclassed the former WWE superstar last November, until he got caught.
“I think Randy was kicking his ass and then Brock caught him with that big overhand right,” Sylvia noted. “I thought Randy was manhandling him in the first round and I thought the second round was going the exact same way, then Brock landed that big shot and… he’s a big boy.
“When he hits you it is going to hurt. Plus you know, he had fifty or sixty pounds on Randy.”
Sylvia hasn’t fought since last summer, where he got trounced by heavyweight phenom Fedor Emelianenko is just 36 seconds of the first round at Affliction: Banned on July 19th, 2008.