Twitter is just as shocked as we are about Anderson Silva boxing announcement

Needless to say, nobody was expecting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva.

While many hoped the legendary former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva would retire following his knockout loss to Uriah Hall in October, he seemed to still have a desire to compete, and it was believed he would return to combat. But we’re not sure if anybody expected it would come in this boxing fashion.

As Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. prepares for a one-time return to the ring for a special exhibition contest on June 19, his infamous son, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., will be taking part in the co-main event against what was being billed as a mystery opponent.

That mystery was revealed on March 18 at the second press conference for the card, titled “Tribute to the Kings,” when Chavez Jr. announced Silva as the opponent.

Twitter left stunned at the announcement of Anderson Silva boxing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June

The fight may not exactly be 100 percent confirmed, however. Josh Gross of Sherdog reports that he reached out to Silva’s team and was told that they were not aware of such a fight, and Silva himself had not said anything.

When Chavez Jr. dropped Silva’s name and the combat sports world started to learn this fight was happening, people took to social media to express their disbelief.

From the time he won the middleweight title at UFC 64 in 2006 until losing it in upset fashion to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in 2013, Silva was seemingly unstoppable. During that time, Silva set the current UFC records for longest title reign and win streak in promotion history, as well as the most knockdowns, knockouts and finishes in UFC title fight history, among other accolades and records.

Silva, however, won just one of his last nine MMA fights (a second win was overturned to a no-contest).

Cesar Jr. was once pegged to be a future face of boxing but has failed to live up to that potential, let alone failed to find the success his father had in the ring. His November TKO of Jeyson Minda marked just his second win in his last five fights. He is 6-5 since losing the WBC middleweight title to Sergio Martinez in 2012 — which includes taking two years off from in-ring action following a 2017 loss to Canelo Alvarez.

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Published at Fri, 19 Mar 2021 00:00:41 +0000

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