Jones Jr. Wins Weekend Bout, Wants Anderson Silva Next
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Multi-divisional boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. defeated Zine Eddie Benmakhlouf this past weekend in Moscow, Russia to gain the vacant WBU V cruiserweight title.
What that means for MMA fans? It seems we’re one step closer to actually seeing Anderson Silva get his dream fight against boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.
The next step, it seems, is for Russian boxing promoter, Vladimir Hryunov, to travel to Las Vegas to meet with UFC President Dana White.
“White has long voiced his desire to organize an event in Russia,” Hryunov said to AllBoxing.ru (Translation from Boxing Scene). “At the moment, several Russians are fighting in the UFC, and some of them I’m sure can get very far and even become champions. I very much look forward to meeting with White. The UFC events are held in a cage, and Jones and Silva will be staged under the rules of professional boxing. Therefore, they need a ring. This fight will create an enormous amount of interest around the world. And I would very much like [to have this fight] in Russia or in my country of Kazakhstan.”
Of course, it is difficult to see this event coming to reality. For starters, as Hryunov himself states, the fight must occur in a boxing ring – a logistical nightmare for the UFC if they have to be able to set up both an Octagon and a full-sized boxing ring in the same arena.
But at the very least, with Jones winning another title and raising his stake in this potential super fight, the wheels are in motion.