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Anderson Silva marks boxing return with split decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

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Despite staying away from the squared circle for years, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva proved his prowess as a boxer, defeating former WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr via split decision.

The bout, which took place at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, marked Silva’s return to professional boxing after a gap of sixteen long years since the second and last time the Brazilian was seen donning the boxing gloves, against Julio Cesar de Jesus in August 2005, when Silva picked up a 2nd round knockout win.

Now, up against one of the greatest middleweight pugilists of this generation, ‘The Spider’ headed into the fight titled “Tribute To The Kings” as an underdog, but in his own words, Silva considered himself nothing but ‘lucky’ to land such a fight.

Anderson Silva’s brilliant offense kept Chavez Jr at bay

The eight round fight started off with Chavez Jr taking the center, while Anderson Silva circled the Mexican before each other started trading strikes. After both boxers landed body shots in the next few minutes, the third round saw Silva going into the offensive as Chavez Jr held his ground against the ropes.

Silva continued his aggression into the fourth and fifth rounds, as Chavez Jr’s defense started showing its weak points and some punches were getting through, with little to no offensive movements.

Silva kept his pressure going on Chavez Jr, with body shots and uppercuts against the ropes. The final round saw some brilliant one two combos from the Brazilian, who was clearly the busier fighter throughout the rounds.

The judges scored the fight 77-75, 75-77, 77-75, earning Silva the second win of his three fight professional boxing career.

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