Anderson Silva pulls off upset to beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision in return to boxing

Photo by Alfredo Moya/Jam Media/Getty ImagesAnderson Silva has done the impossible many times during his legendary career, but now he can add a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to his long list of accomplishments in combat sports. On Saturday night in Mexico, the 46-year-old former UFC champion put on the performance of a lifetime as he dominated Chavez Jr. for the better part of all eight rounds in the co-main event for the Tribute to the Kings pay-per-view. When the fight was over, there was no doubt Silva had done more than enough to win, although the judges returned a puzzling split decision on the scorecards. Two judges gave Silva the fight with 77-75 scores with the third official handing the same score to Chavez Jr. Regardless of the scoring, Silva still walked away victorious as he celebrated with his son and his father by his side. “I feel so happy,” Silva said afterwards. “I need to say thank you cause my coach worked with me a lot. I need to this because I love fighting and boxing is my dream for many, many years and I need to prove my respect for boxing. I can’t come in here and not do my best.” .@SpiderAnderson wins a split decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.!!!!!77-75 77-75 (For Silva) 75-77 (For Chavez Jr)#TributetotheKingsPPV: https://t.co/ZUiLgsTmuO pic.twitter.com/7bda85FU9l— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 Despite the odds against him, Silva didn’t show any nerves stepping into a professional boxing match for the first time in more than a decade. Silva stayed active on the outside, moving around the ring and jumping in for the occasional shot. In return, Chavez Jr. showcased good defense as he walked Silva down with his best punch in the opening round coming with a stiff left that snapped the Brazilian’s head back. Always known for his head movement and defense, Silva was elusive as he started to get more comfortable in the ring, flicking out his jab and then launching power punches in succession with Chavez Jr. in retreat. Late in the third round, Chavez Jr. walked Silva into the corner when he started digging to the body with a series of shots but the former UFC champion was inviting him to throw even more as he smiled after the bell rang. Possibly after taking what he believed were Chavez Jr’s best punches, Silva was brimming with confidence as he went on the attack, unleashing combinations in succession including a few powerful uppercuts that were giving the former WBC champion problems. It appeared that Chavez Jr. was getting tired and frustrated, only uncorking a right hand as his best weapon in order to back Silva off. That didn’t seem to deter crafty Silva, who just kept stepping into his punches and he began finding a home for a right jab that was constantly catching Chavez Jr. off guard. As the action faded late into the fight, Silva was even more active with his punches as he took full advantage of Chavez Jr. slowing down and trying to catch his breath. Silva even managed to open a cut under Chavez Jr.’s right eye and he was getting desperate with time running out. A plea from his coaches brought Chavez Jr. to the center of the ring to start the final round after recognizing that he probably needed a knockout to win. While there was more urgency, Silva was still absorbing his best punches and then coming back with hard shots of his own. When the final bell sounded, Silva threw his hands up in victory, confident that he had just pulled off a massive upset by beating a nearly 60-fight veteran in only his third professional boxing match. What a way to get an early start on the #FathersDay celebration. @SpiderAnderson winning against JCC Jr. with his Father, sons, and Big Nog, too!#TributetotheKingsOrder the replay: https://t.co/tVkvlcSxmp pic.twitter.com/tA4LU3IfQO— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 Of course, Chavez Jr. disagreed with the outcome but it was hard to argue with the result giving the damage he took over eight rounds, especially compared to Silva. “It could have been draw,” Chavez Jr. said. “I failed to throw more punches. He didn’t really do much damage. But it was enough for a draw.” Prior to the event, Silva wasn’t ready to commit to any future fights as he was solely focused on his battle with Chavez Jr. Now with a win added to his boxing record, Silva seems to be keeping his options option as the ageless wonder continues to amaze. “Now I go back to home. My son has a fight very soon,” Silva said. “I go back to help my team and maybe I’ll fight very soon.”

Anderson Silva pulls off upset to beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by split decision in return to boxing
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Anderson Silva has done the impossible many times during his legendary career, but now he can add a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to his long list of accomplishments in combat sports.

On Saturday night in Mexico, the 46-year-old former UFC champion put on the performance of a lifetime as he dominated Chavez Jr. for the better part of all eight rounds in the co-main event for the Tribute to the Kings pay-per-view.

When the fight was over, there was no doubt Silva had done more than enough to win, although the judges returned a puzzling split decision on the scorecards. Two judges gave Silva the fight with 77-75 scores with the third official handing the same score to Chavez Jr.

Regardless of the scoring, Silva still walked away victorious as he celebrated with his son and his father by his side.

“I feel so happy,” Silva said afterwards. “I need to say thank you cause my coach worked with me a lot. I need to this because I love fighting and boxing is my dream for many, many years and I need to prove my respect for boxing. I can’t come in here and not do my best.”

Despite the odds against him, Silva didn’t show any nerves stepping into a professional boxing match for the first time in more than a decade. Silva stayed active on the outside, moving around the ring and jumping in for the occasional shot.

In return, Chavez Jr. showcased good defense as he walked Silva down with his best punch in the opening round coming with a stiff left that snapped the Brazilian’s head back.

Always known for his head movement and defense, Silva was elusive as he started to get more comfortable in the ring, flicking out his jab and then launching power punches in succession with Chavez Jr. in retreat.

Late in the third round, Chavez Jr. walked Silva into the corner when he started digging to the body with a series of shots but the former UFC champion was inviting him to throw even more as he smiled after the bell rang.

Possibly after taking what he believed were Chavez Jr’s best punches, Silva was brimming with confidence as he went on the attack, unleashing combinations in succession including a few powerful uppercuts that were giving the former WBC champion problems.

It appeared that Chavez Jr. was getting tired and frustrated, only uncorking a right hand as his best weapon in order to back Silva off. That didn’t seem to deter crafty Silva, who just kept stepping into his punches and he began finding a home for a right jab that was constantly catching Chavez Jr. off guard.

As the action faded late into the fight, Silva was even more active with his punches as he took full advantage of Chavez Jr. slowing down and trying to catch his breath. Silva even managed to open a cut under Chavez Jr.’s right eye and he was getting desperate with time running out.

A plea from his coaches brought Chavez Jr. to the center of the ring to start the final round after recognizing that he probably needed a knockout to win. While there was more urgency, Silva was still absorbing his best punches and then coming back with hard shots of his own.

When the final bell sounded, Silva threw his hands up in victory, confident that he had just pulled off a massive upset by beating a nearly 60-fight veteran in only his third professional boxing match.

Of course, Chavez Jr. disagreed with the outcome but it was hard to argue with the result giving the damage he took over eight rounds, especially compared to Silva.

“It could have been draw,” Chavez Jr. said. “I failed to throw more punches. He didn’t really do much damage. But it was enough for a draw.”

Prior to the event, Silva wasn’t ready to commit to any future fights as he was solely focused on his battle with Chavez Jr. Now with a win added to his boxing record, Silva seems to be keeping his options option as the ageless wonder continues to amaze.

“Now I go back to home. My son has a fight very soon,” Silva said. “I go back to help my team and maybe I’ll fight very soon.”

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Anderson Silva vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. full fight video highlights

Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty ImagesWatch Anderson Silva vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. full fight video highlights from the co-main event above, courtesy of FITE TV and other outlets. Silva vs. Chavez Jr. took place June 19 at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Former UFC champion Anderson Silva (2-1) battled Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (52-6-1, 1 no-contest) in the co-main event. The fight aired live on FITE TV pay-per-view. Catch more video highlights below. .@SpiderAnderson speaks with @ClaudiaTrejos after his important #boxing victory and the short conversation he shared with @Canelo.#TributeToTheKingsPPV: https://t.co/tVkvlcSxmp pic.twitter.com/4j7ntPdk5e— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 .@SpiderAnderson wins a split decision over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.!!!!!77-75 77-75 (For Silva) 75-77 (For Chavez Jr)#TributetotheKingsPPV: https://t.co/ZUiLgsTmuO pic.twitter.com/7bda85FU9l— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 .@SpiderAnderson landing a BEAUTIFUL uppercut in round 4 on Chavez Jr.How do you have it scored?#TributeToTheKings PPV: https://t.co/ZUiLgsTmuO pic.twitter.com/wWYQaIVPO7— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 The intro for the #MMA legend, @SpiderAnderson.#TributeToTheKings PPV: https://t.co/cUFR9Hvg9P pic.twitter.com/dNF74CqyLc— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 Here comes the son of a legend, @jcchavezjr1!Who you got, Chavez Jr or Anderson Silva?#TributeToTheKings PPV: https://t.co/cUFR9Hvg9P pic.twitter.com/44W12sBtOG— FITE (@FiteTV) June 20, 2021 Nothing to see here, justANDERSON SILVA BOXING #TributeToTheKings( @FiteTV)pic.twitter.com/8CqPZvUiRt— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) June 20, 2021 For more on Silva vs. Chavez Jr., catch the live blog from MMA FIghting’s Alexander K. Lee. Round 1: Chavez takes the center of the ring. Silva circling as the boxers size each other up. Silva with an opening 2-3 that Chavez blocks. Chavez waiting for an opening. Glancing left by Silva, not much on that punch. There’s an overhand right by Chavez, partially blocked. Left hook from Chavez gets through. Chavez cutting off the ring with his movement. Chavez with a left, Silva circles to get his back off the ropes. Not much to score there. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez. Round 2: Silva active with his jab, though it’s just a range finder right now. Chavez getting out of the way of Silva’s straight punches. Chavez with a short punch to the body. Silva scores to the body. Silva with a winging right hand up top. Chavez with the jab. Silva backs Chavez up with an uppercut to the body. Silva getting the hands going and he hits a jab. Chavez connects with a right hand. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 19-19. Round 3: Silva jabs to the body. Chavez hits a jab and pushes the pace, scoring to the body. Silva aggressive now, but Chavez defends against the ropes. Left hand gets through for Silva. Silva to the body. He’s the busier fighter in round three. A pair of lefts to the body score for Chavez and Chavez just misses with a power punch to the head. Silva motioning for Chavez to THROW DOWN. Silva walks himself back into the corner and invites Chavez to come at him. Chavez just loading up and throwing hard punches as Silva blocks. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez. Overall, 29-28 Chavez. Round 4: Silva opens round four with a good uppercut. Now he has Chavez cornered. Chavez with good head movement, he’s staying out of danger. Silva goes 1-1-2. Silva muscles Chavez to the ropes, he’s scoring to the body. Jab by Silva keeps Chavez on the backfoot. Chavez looking to counter with Silva smothering him. Silva to the body. Silva lands a two-punch combo, then a left. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 38-38. Round 5: Silva right back on the offensive. Chavez blocking, but some of these punches are getting through. Silva staying busy with the jab. Step-in right for Chavez. Silva sticking with the jab. Silva with a straight 1-2. Chavez just not throwing much in this round. Silva jabbing away. Fast right hand scores for Chavez and he follows with another. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 48-47 Silva. Round 6: Silva with another quick start to a round. He is really putting the pressure on Chavez who is defending with little offensive output. Chavez slips in a couple of punches to the body. Silva just bullying him against the ropes, he attacks with an uppercut. Clean lead left by Silva. Chavez with a counter jab. He blocks a Silva flurry. Chavez with a right to close the frame. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 58-56 Silva. Round 7: Silva scores to the body, then lands a short uppercut. Not sure what Chavez is waiting for. Silva pops him with a jab. He’s circling and firing. Chavez has thrown almost nothing through 90 seconds. Chavez turtles up and throws out a left hand that lands. Good left to the body by Chavez. Silva with a left to the side of Chavez’s head. Chavez closing the round well with two loud shots to the body. Silva bac

Anderson Silva vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. full fight video highlights
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Watch Anderson Silva vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. full fight video highlights from the co-main event above, courtesy of FITE TV and other outlets.

Silva vs. Chavez Jr. took place June 19 at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Former UFC champion Anderson Silva (2-1) battled Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (52-6-1, 1 no-contest) in the co-main event. The fight aired live on FITE TV pay-per-view. Catch more video highlights below.

For more on Silva vs. Chavez Jr., catch the live blog from MMA FIghting’s Alexander K. Lee.

Round 1: Chavez takes the center of the ring. Silva circling as the boxers size each other up. Silva with an opening 2-3 that Chavez blocks. Chavez waiting for an opening. Glancing left by Silva, not much on that punch. There’s an overhand right by Chavez, partially blocked. Left hook from Chavez gets through. Chavez cutting off the ring with his movement. Chavez with a left, Silva circles to get his back off the ropes. Not much to score there.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez.

Round 2: Silva active with his jab, though it’s just a range finder right now. Chavez getting out of the way of Silva’s straight punches. Chavez with a short punch to the body. Silva scores to the body. Silva with a winging right hand up top. Chavez with the jab. Silva backs Chavez up with an uppercut to the body. Silva getting the hands going and he hits a jab. Chavez connects with a right hand.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 19-19.

Round 3: Silva jabs to the body. Chavez hits a jab and pushes the pace, scoring to the body. Silva aggressive now, but Chavez defends against the ropes. Left hand gets through for Silva. Silva to the body. He’s the busier fighter in round three. A pair of lefts to the body score for Chavez and Chavez just misses with a power punch to the head. Silva motioning for Chavez to THROW DOWN. Silva walks himself back into the corner and invites Chavez to come at him. Chavez just loading up and throwing hard punches as Silva blocks.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez. Overall, 29-28 Chavez.

Round 4: Silva opens round four with a good uppercut. Now he has Chavez cornered. Chavez with good head movement, he’s staying out of danger. Silva goes 1-1-2. Silva muscles Chavez to the ropes, he’s scoring to the body. Jab by Silva keeps Chavez on the backfoot. Chavez looking to counter with Silva smothering him. Silva to the body. Silva lands a two-punch combo, then a left.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 38-38.

Round 5: Silva right back on the offensive. Chavez blocking, but some of these punches are getting through. Silva staying busy with the jab. Step-in right for Chavez. Silva sticking with the jab. Silva with a straight 1-2. Chavez just not throwing much in this round. Silva jabbing away. Fast right hand scores for Chavez and he follows with another.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 48-47 Silva.

Round 6: Silva with another quick start to a round. He is really putting the pressure on Chavez who is defending with little offensive output. Chavez slips in a couple of punches to the body. Silva just bullying him against the ropes, he attacks with an uppercut. Clean lead left by Silva. Chavez with a counter jab. He blocks a Silva flurry. Chavez with a right to close the frame.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 58-56 Silva.

Round 7: Silva scores to the body, then lands a short uppercut. Not sure what Chavez is waiting for. Silva pops him with a jab. He’s circling and firing. Chavez has thrown almost nothing through 90 seconds. Chavez turtles up and throws out a left hand that lands. Good left to the body by Chavez. Silva with a left to the side of Chavez’s head. Chavez closing the round well with two loud shots to the body. Silva backs him up with the jab.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 68-65 Silva.

Round 8: The Silva jab is still giving Chavez problems. He’s clearly the busier fighter. Silva with a 1-2, then another 1-2. Silva leading the dance. They do a quick check on Chavez’s cut and we’re back to the action. Good right by Chavez to Silva’s chin. He opens up with body work. Silva keeping up the pressure with his 1-2 combo. Silva with an uppercut. Right hand gets through for Chavez, he zings another to the body. Silva answers with another uppercut. Chavez throwing hard as time ticks down.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez. Overall, 77-75 Silva.

Anderson Silva def. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision (75-77, 77-75 x2)

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