By Mark Elezaj
UFC legend, Anderson Silva, defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision (75-77, 77-75, 77-75) Saturday night at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Fighting Voice had it 77-75 for Silva.
“I feel so happy. I needed to do this because I love fighting, and boxing has been my dream for many years,” Silva said. “I came here to do my best. I respect all the Mexican people. They’re very special people. Maybe I’ll fight again very soon.”
The fight started slow, but Silva began to gain confidence in the third round, dropping his hands and taunting Chavez Jr.
In the fourth round, Silva, working off of the jab, began to land combinations followed by straight rights and lefts.
Chavez Jr. had some moments in the fight as well, landing body shots and left hooks, but he never seemed to hurt Silva.
In the seventh round, Silva landed a punch that opened up a cut near Chavez Jr.’s right eye.
Silva (2-1) outlanded Chavez Jr. 99-53 in total punches and 60-41 in power punches, per CompuBox.
Chavez Jr. (52-6-1) has lost four of his past six fights.
“It could have been a draw,” Chavez said.
“He really didn’t do that much damage. I felt good. I felt that he wanted to control the fight and make me fall into his fight.”
“The fight was very close,” Chavez said. “I’m willing to face anybody and I’m ready to come back any time.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~