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UFC legend Anderson Silva agrees contract to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr

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Silva and Chavez Jr to meet in June (Picture: Getty)

UFC legend Anderson Silva has confirmed he will fight boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in June.

The former UFC middleweight champion, widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, was released by Dana White’s promotion last year.

The 45-year-old will now himself test under boxing rules against former WBC middleweight champion Chavez Jr, son of ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez Snr.

The two will meet in Guadalajara, Mexico on June 19.

‘When I look back at my journey, I see that nothing has been in vain,’ Silva told TMZ Sports.

Silva has twice fought in the boxing ring (Picture: Getty)

‘I am extremely happy for the opportunity to test my boxing skills with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

‘I train continuously, always striving for resilience and to overcome obstacles. Fighting is my everlasting breath.’

Chavez Jr, 35, said: ‘I have rededicated myself to the sport that I love and I will be ready to face anyone in the light-heavyweight division starting with Silva.

‘I will be prepared to be victorious on June 19.’

Silva parted company with UFC last year following three defeats in a row.

He has previously fought twice in the boxing ring in his native Brazil, picking up one win and one defeat.

Chavez Snr is also set to fight in a special exhibition bout on the card, taking on Hector Camacho Jr, the son of his former opponent Hector Camacho Snr, who died in 2012.


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