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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. isn’t stunned he’ll be taking up MMA legend and former UFC champion Anderson Silva, not within the cage, however within the boxing ring.
The previous WBC middleweight champion takes on Silva in an eight-round bout in the primary occasion of “Tribute to the Kings” on Saturday, June 19 in Jalisco Stadium. The occasion will likely be streamed on pay-per-view. Chavez Jr.’s father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., additionally competes on the cardboard as he takes on Hector Camacho Jr. within the co-main occasion.
It’s one of many newest matchups that pits an MMA fighter in opposition to a boxer underneath boxing guidelines. Chavez Jr. isn’t stunned to be assembly a former UFC champion and believes the bout needs to be extra aggressive than a number of the MMA-boxing crossovers seen previously.
“I didn’t know an excessive amount of about him, however as of late it’s regular (to see) the UFC fighters come to boxing as a result of they’ve higher paydays and that’s fascinating, you recognize,” Chavez Jr. informed MMA Junkie in Spanish. “This explicit struggle with Anderson Silva is extra aggressive as a result of it’s eight rounds, at 180 kilos [a weight class higher than Chavez Jr.], and Anderson Silva is aware of the way to struggle as a result of he had achieved boxing previously. It’s struggle and I feel the UFC fighters want to coach extra (boxing) like him.”
Chavez Jr. admits he didn’t know an excessive amount of about Silva, as he’s solely just lately began to tune in to MMA. He’s heard of Silva and is aware of he’s thought-about an all-time nice, however he’s extra of the period of Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The promoters made the struggle and so they requested me if I wished to struggle Anderson Silva,” Chavez Jr. mentioned. “They’d a few different names, however on the finish of the day, we picked Anderson Silva as a result of I feel he’s essentially the most veteran fighter, a very powerful and most well-known, in order that’s why. And I’m able to struggle him. I skilled exhausting, I’m in form and it’s an fascinating struggle.”
Welcoming Silva again to the boxing world, Chavez Jr. is out to show that he’s the actual boxer come Saturday evening.
“I need to show that I’m the boxer, that I’m one of the best within the ring that evening, after all,” Chavez Jr. defined. “I’m coaching exhausting to struggle one of the best, so I’m prepared.”
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