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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Anderson Silva was profitable in his return to skilled boxing.
The previous UFC middleweight champion defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by way of break up choice in the principle card of Tribute to the Kings. The scores learn 75-77, 77-75, and 77-75 in favor of Silva. It was an eight-round skilled boxing bout.
Proper off the gate, The 46-year-old Silva took the surface of the ring whereas Chavez Jr. stalked and pressured him. That was the story of the primary three rounds of the combat. Silva used his footwork to maneuver round and decide his pictures, whereas Chavez Jr. attacked typically to the physique and head.
Silva undoubtedly held his personal within the first three, however Chavez Jr. appeared to land extra typically and join with the cleaner blows. In direction of the tip of spherical three, Silva was taunting and displaying his classic bravado towards Chavez Jr., a sign that the tides have been turning.
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From the fourth level on, Silva picked up the tempo and started to push ahead. The MMA star continually linked on Chavez Jr. and would even lure him towards the ropes and batter him in shut quarters. Chavez Jr. had a tricky time touchdown on Silva, who did properly at avoiding huge pictures.
It was a dominant displaying within the second half of the combat for the Brazilian. He regarded the liveliest he’s regarded in years with an explosive and passionate efficiency.
The bout with Chavez Jr. marked Silva’s third skilled boxing contest. Silva has beforehand competed in 1998, dropping his professional debut by way of nook retirement, after which once more in 2005, choosing up a second-round KO. He’s now 2-1 as a professional boxer.
Chavez Jr. missed weight for the bout on Friday morning, coming in at 184.4 kilos. He forfeited $100k of his purse to Silva, who was on weight at 182 kilos.
Silva’s fame within the fight sports activities world got here primarily from his years competing underneath the UFC – the premier MMA promotion on this planet.
For a few years, the Brazilian was arguably the most important star for the promotion, as he had a historic run of 16 consecutive wins the place he captured and held the UFC 185-pound title. Silva was champion from 2006 to 2012 and defended the belt 10 occasions.
Silva final fought with the Las-Vegas based mostly promotion in October, when he headlined UFC Combat Night time 181 towards Uriah Corridor. He misplaced the bout by way of fourth-round TKO. The bout with Corridor ended a 15-year run contained in the octagon spanning 24 fights.
Beneath are the total fundamental card outcomes for Tribute to the Kings:
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. vs. Hector Camacho Jr.
Anderson Silva def. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by way of break up choice (75-77, 77-75, 77-75).
Ramon Alvarez def. Omar Chavez by way of unanimous choice (80-73, 80-73, 79-73).
Damian Sosa def. Abel Mina by way of break up choice (96-94, 94-96, 95-94) – to win the WBO Latino tremendous welterweight title..
Jorge Luis Melendez def. Kevin Torres by way of unanimous choice (77-75, 77-74, 76-74).