Roy Jones Jr eyes fight with UFC legend after Mike Tyson bout

Roy Jones Jr is already hyping up his next fight after the Mike Tyson exhibition in September, suggesting a scrap with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Jones Jr and Tyson are set to meet on 12 September in an eight-round exhibition in California, with the two boxing legends putting on a show for fans, although a deal has been struck to not go for knockouts and bigger gloves will be used.

51-year-old Jones Jr last fought professionally in 2018 and had officially retired, but is talking about fighting again, with Anderson on his mind.

A scrap between the boxing legend and the MMA icon has been on the cards for years, although it was certainly more appealing when both were closer to their fighting peaks.

Anderson held the UFC middleweight title from 2006-13, but has now lost six of his last eight fights and turned 45 this year, so the shine has gone off the potential bout somewhat.

However, Jones Jr is still keen, and believes the passage of time at least evens up the fight a bit.

‘People have been talking about Roy Jones Jr. vs. Anderson Silva in a boxing match for years, even before the McGregor-Mayweather fight happened,’ Jones told MMA Fighting.

‘We were supposed to happen first. And, unlike that fight, Anderson has professional boxing experience. McGregor didn’t. So, this is much more of a competitive fight, especially with us being older. Now, because he has experience it is much easier for him to survive.

‘He doesn’t have to deal with the young tiger Roy Jones. He gets to deal with the older Roy Jones where he may have a chance to deal with because I’m much older than what I once was.

‘But, that still is a big event and it would’ve been a big event if it happened back then. As Mike shows you now, never say never, the opportunity may come now.’

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