Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson”The Spider” Silva defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split in Tribute to the Kings in Mexico on Saturday.
Silva returned to boxing in the Tribute to the Kings primary event against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in an expert eight-round bout. The battle was contracted to happen at 182 pounds. Silva successfully created the contracted weight but Chavez arrived in heavy at 184.4 pounds. Because of lost weight, Chavez forfeited $100,000 of his handbag to Silva.
In the fight, Silva outworked Chavez, throwing landing and more longer. Chavez did land in a greater percentage than Silva, but could not conquer the volume put out by the Brazilian.
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“I feel so happy,” explained Silva after the triumph. “I need to say thank you because my coach worked a lot. When I started this training I talked to my coach (and said) I need to do this because I love fighting and boxing is my dream for many, many years and I need to prove my respect for boxing.”
“I respect the whole people here, the whole Mexican people. It’s very special people,” Silva said. “I need to say thank you so much to these people and for all fighters here in Mexico. They are amazing fighters, and I need to say thank you for the opportunity to come here.”
With the triumph over Chavez, Silva left the door open for more boxing bouts later on.
“Now I go back to home. My son has a fight very soon. I go help my son,” he said. “Maybe I fight very soon.”
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