Roy Jones Jr. comments to the NY Daily News on the failed Anderson Silva boxing match dream fight that was quickly extinguished by Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) president Dana White.
“I don’t see how it could discredit the UFC…The guy has boxed before and he’s a tall, slick, left handed fighter. That gives everybody problems. It would be a good fight. As fighters we’re supposed to be trying to do things that amaze people and make history. This could have been something that people really wanted to see…I just think it’s wrong not to allow him (Silva) to get the opportunity to live out his fantasy to be in the ring with one of his heroes. That’s the kind of thing that boxing promoters usually do.”
“If I had a high school wrestling background, I’d be willing to try that stuff (mixed martial arts)…But I’m lost on the ground.”
“He’s got a lot of heart and I have nothing but respect for him for wanting to take on the best in boxing.”
John Wirt, RJJ’s business partner:
“I think it’s unfortunate,” said think it’s unfortunate…It could have been a good fight. It could have been a major draw for boxing and the MMA world.”, a partner with Jones in his Square Ring Promotions company. “It could have been a good fight. It could have been a major draw for boxing and the MMA world.”