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Jones Jr wants UFC's Silva

ESPN staff
October 23, 2013
Roy Jones Jr lost to Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision in April 2010 © Getty Images

Roy Jones Jr is eyeing up a crossover boxing bout with former UFC pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva in a bid to resurrect his career.

Jones, soon to be 45, is past his prime and has seen his career stall but is still hoping a fight with 'The Spider' will materialise.

And he told Boxing News he is hoping his December clash with cruiserweight Bobby Gunn can be a warm-up for Silva.

"He [Silva] said that's his lifelong dream. We've got to make that happen," Jones said. "He's a great striker and great defender.

"If [Silva] beats [Chris] Weidman, then we'll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do. The Gunn fight would give me a tune-up so I'm ready for the fight in case he beats Weidman. So if he beats Weidman, I've got to be ready for it because he's going to be coming for me and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants."

Jones (56-8) did win his previous two fights but has just seven victories in his last 13 overall suffering three knockouts since losing his rematch with Antonio Tarver by TKO in 2004.

Silva, 38, has lost once since 2006. He was 16-0 in the UFC before losing to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July, with 11 straight victories in title bouts.

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