Talk of a potential boxing match between current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and multiple weight class boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. is nothing new to mixed martial arts fans. The two have been verbally sparring for months about a possible match-up in a boxing ring since Silva first made his desire to face Jones public in 2008.
Any chance of the bout actually coming to fruition anytime very soon was shot down when it was announced that the UFC had no intentions of allowing their champion to take place in such a contest while under contract for the organization.
However, Silva recently made headlines once again when he reaffirmed his intentions to face off with Jones as soon as his current contract with the UFC has expired.
While completely dominant from start to finish in his most recent title defense against Thales Leites at UFC 97, Silva has recently fallen under an enormous amount of criticism for failing to excite against an equally unmotivated Leites during the five round contest.
If anything, the most recent performance by the dominant mixed martial arts champion has served to fuel the experienced boxer’s desire to make Silva sorry that he had ever publicly called him out.
“I can’t wait for Anderson to get done with his [UFC] contract, whenever that is — I’ve heard [September] — then let’s get it on,” Jones was recently quoted as saying to Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times.
Jones also announced in the article that he has made a verbal agreement with Jeff Lacy to headline the second Boxing/MMA hybrid card promoted by Roy Jones Jr. and Square Ring Promotions.
“I love the MMA fighting, and I know we’ve got some good fighters who’ll be part of it,” Jones was quoted as saying about the yet to be announced event.