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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva returns to the boxing ring but not without some sort of controversy. His opponent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. did miss weight.
Tribute to the Kings takes place on Saturday, June 19 at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara. The pay-per-view main card will start at 9:00 p.m. ET while the undercard at 7:00 p.m. ET on FITE and beIN Sports.
This match had a weight limit of 182lbs and Silva weighed just that. His opponent Chavez Jr. came in heavy at 184.4lbs he will now forfeit $100,000 of his purse which will go to Silva. Chavez Jr. has missed weight in the past when he faced Danny Jacobs back in 2019, he weighed in at 172.7lbs which was 4.7lbs heavier than the super middleweight limit.
Silva released a statement on Instagram with video of the missed weight:
Well guys, I’ve been a combat sports professional for over 20 years. I’ve always accomplished my duties inside and outside of the ring. The contractual weight for tomorrow’s fight is 182lbs, which I accomplished through months of hard work alongside my team. Unfortunately my opponent came in at 184.4lbs. Despite this, I will still put on a great show for you all
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