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Silva vs. Jones, Jr. Talks Confirmed

So this thing might actually happen. Seriously. That is if NBCSports can be believed. Then again, some writers over there have been trying to sell me on buying some lunar property — which I would if the plumbing wasn’t so shitty. Anyway, back to what I was saying. We promised we’d keep tabs on this and now NBCSports is reporting that boxing great Roy Jones, Jr. and Anderson Silva‘s people are “actively engaging in talks” for the two fighters to duke it out in the boxing ring. the PR director for Don King Productions, Alan Hopper, confirmed the negotiations.

Check it:

“Roy likes the idea and is up for it,” Hopper said. “It’s being discussed. Roy will only agree if the match takes place under the rules of boxing, and UFC would have to clear Silva’s participation.”

Ah, that little “UFC clearing Silva’s participation” thing will almost certainly derail this. If Anderson Silva gets pissed enough when the UFC refuses to let him do it, maybe he’ll go the way of Tito and Randy Couture. I hate to mention such a thing, but if history serves as a guide…

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Boxing’s yawn-inducing stretch in the last decade and MMA’s many dimensions is why I haven’t dropped a dime on boxing pay-per-view events since before Monica “did not have sexual relations” with Bill. And let’s face it, Anderson Silva will likely lose. It’d be a big money-maker for both fighters and I’d probably still watch it, but I also don’t want this sort of thing setting a precedent. Next think you know, Tank Abbott will be challenging Big Sven, the German beer drinking champion, to a beer-off. Actually, Tank would probably win that one.

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Anonymous- May 15, 2008 at 10:18 pm
something tells me silva's gona get corrupted with his p4p title

OH GOD 2 MAYWEATHERS /criesincorner
Rich- March 30, 2008 at 9:38 am
I believe it would be a great fight. RJ would have the advantage, but Silva is very much at home boxing. After all, he does have some Pro Boxing experience. They would match up great in alot of ways. Speed, power, but the reach advantage would have to go to Silva. If he can stay in his range, he can pick apart RJ. If it gets in close and turns into a slugfest, I would have to go with RJ. Unless Silva gets frustrated and clinches RJ and tatoo's him with a knee. I would like to see it, it would be a great match-up.
Than- March 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm
I think Silva has the tools to beat a pro boxer...with that said I don't think he will be able to beat Jones Jr. at his own game, he is simply to good of a boxer. Should be a sweet fight, and we all know how long the fight would last if it was MMA rules.
Anonymous- March 24, 2008 at 6:07 am
really? I don't think boxing is boring.. but it can be boring if the fighters aren't that skilled or aggressive. I mean its just like UFC sometimes when fighters hug on the cage without even attempting a take-down or punches/knees.. it happens sometimes right
Asian- March 24, 2008 at 5:13 am
I don't know if Silva has this one, it'll be a helluva fight.
stink47- March 24, 2008 at 2:47 am
boxin is borin