Coach: Anderson Silva has ‘lots’ of offers, will continue to box
Anderson Silva defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in boxing. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Anderson Silva’s boxing coach sees a longer career for the ‘Spider’ in the ring.
Anderson Silva’s boxing career is seemingly far from being a one-and-done kind of venture. After beating former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision, the ‘Spider’ might be well on his way to more fights in the ring, at least according to his coach Luiz Dorea.
The man responsible for sharpening Junior dos Santos’ hands back when he was an up-and-coming heavyweight, Dorea told Super Lutas about his and Anderson’s plans involving boxing. Although no official opponents have been confirmed following the win over Chavez, Luiz guarantees there is no shortage of proposals following the impressive feat.
“We have lots of proposals. We had some before the win and now we have others. For now, Anderson wants to rest, then he will see what he’s going to do. He will still bring us a lot of joy in boxing. He’s excited. There’s this wonderful energy. He’s so happy. He made Chavez look small.”
“I was really happy, but not surprised.” Dorea continued. “I’ve been working with Anderson for 18 years. His skills are above average. I’ve had Anderson fight professional boxing matches in Bahia (Dorea’s home state in Brazil). He won by knockout. He’s well-rounded, but his boxing is above average.”
Before his return to boxing, Anderson (34-11-1 NC) had parted ways with the UFC on a three-fight losing skid, with defeats to Uriah Hall, Jared Cannonier and Israel Adesanya. The 46-year-old’s sole win in his past nine fights happened in February 2017, when he defeated Derek Brunson via unanimous decision.