Roy Jones Jr. Says Fight vs. Anderson Silva Just Needs Dana White's Approval

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2018

INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 15:  Boxer Roy Jones Jr attends a block party celebrating HBO's new season of 'Insecure' on July 15, 2017 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for HBO)
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Retired boxer Roy Jones Jr. has said a fight with Anderson Silva only needs a green light from UFC President Dana White to go ahead.

He told TMZ Sports, "Anderson wants it, I want it, so the only obstacle is Dana giving him the OK."

The 49-year-old added:

"I know he [Silva] wants to do it and I know it's something I want to do, so for him I would come out and fight, yes.

"Yes we have [talked about making the fight happen], and I had a group of guys from Chicago who told me they want to invest and make it happen as well, so all we need Dana to do is let him go, let him free of his contract and we can make it happen."

Last year, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor tried his hand at boxing when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August.

Jones, who confirmed it would be a boxing match between the two rather than an MMA bout, believes White set a precedent in allowing McGregor to cross sports for a super-fight: "I feel if you gave [the OK] to Conor McGregor, why could you not give it to one of the greatest of all time at your sport?"

When asked what he would say to White to convince him to allow the fight to go ahead, Jones replied:

"I would say 'Dana, it's your boy. When you were a nobody, I treated you like you were somebody, so a favour for a favour you know what I'm saying? Let your boy do what he gotta do to get outta here. It's a perfect situation, a perfect fight, a perfect opportunity—something all the fans want to see.'"

Jones also believes it could be a closer contest than McGregor's clash with Mayweather, owing to his age and Silva's prior boxing experience.

The Brazilian has two professional boxing matches on his record, a defeat in 1998 followed by a knockout victory in 2005.

Silva revealed to TMZ he is eager to fight again as he awaits the outcome of a failed drugs test in November:

RJ was a six-time world champion in four weight classes, but at his age he could be at a significant physical disadvantage compared with Silva, even if the Brazilian is also past his prime at 42.

The Spider also has slightly more boxing experience than McGregor had and so he would not be starting from scratch in his preparation for the bout.

A fight between the two wouldn't be a particularly high quality contest, but it could nevertheless make for an entertaining one.

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