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Roy Jones Jr Wants Super-Fight With UFC Legend After Mike Tyson Bout

Roy Jones Jr Wants Super-Fight With UFC Legend After Mike Tyson Bout

Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr is eyeing a blockbuster bout against UFC legend Anderson Silva after dealing with Mike Tyson.

Jones Jr, 51, is set to return to the ring against Tyson in an exhibition bout in California on September 12.

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And the American icon wants to continue his comeback with a contest versus Silva, whose previously campaigned for a fight with Jones Jr.

The former multi-weight boxing world champion is still interested in facing Silva if he gets past 'Iron' Mike later this year.

"People have been talking about Roy Jones Jr. vs. Anderson Silva in a boxing match for years, even before the McGregor-Mayweather fight happened," he 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."

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Jones Jr added: "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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Silva, 45, hasn't fought since his defeat to Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 back in May 2019.

The Brazilian recently underwent knee surgery and vows to return to the UFC for two fights to complete his contract.

Jones Jr vs. Silva? watch this space.

Featured Image Credit: Triller/Mike Tyson

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Anderson Silva, Roy Jones Jr, Boxing, Fight News

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.