World Exclusive: Roy Jones Jr. ready to face Anderson Silva next

The two fighters are the very best from their generation in combat sports and a crossover bout could be on the cards after Silva's win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Roy Jones Jr. has exclusively revealed to Planet Sport that he will face Anderson Silva next if he wants to fight him.

The former four-division world champion is regarded as the greatest fighter of the 1990s and has been linked with a list of former legendary fighters, including Carl Froch.

Silva, an all-time MMA great, is very much on the radar of Jones following his shock win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on the weekend.

The Brazilian holds the longest title reign in UFC history - 2,457 days - which included a record of 16 consecutive wins at middleweight.

Meanwhile, Jones is the only boxer to start his career at junior middleweight and win a heavyweight world title.

The boxing great has also made the most unified world title defences (12) at light heavyweight.

Jones fought against Mike Tyson last year, with the exhibition ending in a draw, and is prepared to lace the gloves up again.

Roy Jones Jr. returned to the ring aged 52 to take on Mike Tyson at 54, last year on Triller
Roy Jones Jr. returned to the ring aged 52 to take on Mike Tyson at 54, last year on Triller

Jake Paul stated he would love to have the fight on his undercard but if the bout is to come into fruition, then "Captain Hook" wants the crossover exhibition to headline.

"I don't think it should be on an undercard, I think it would be better as a main event and it has its own undercard," Jones revealed to Planet Sport in a world exclusive.

"It's too big to be an undercard fight, it's been brewing too long. My guys know about it and we've been speaking but there is no date, nothing yet.

"We're waiting to see what happens with them. We'll speak about it and if we both want it then we'll make it happen - that's if he [Silva] wants to make it happen.

"I don't have a target," Jones said.

"If that's what he wants then yeah he'll become the number one target if that's what he really wants but I'm used to saying that he wants it and not doing it. One day he'll say he wants it and the next day he says no.

"I never knew he was going to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. so I can't say he is my number one target but I would love to fight him. We just have to wait on this one."

Jones responded about the frosty reception between himself and Froch last month as they both covered Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's fight against Billy Joe Saunders.

"Yes, very true. I had heard the stuff he said and he said it didn't go the way I heard it but you have to remember when I first heard it I was like, 'wait a minute what have you said?'

"But he said it didn't go the way I had heard it and he was saying that when he fought Joe Calzaghe you were only a shell of yourself, you weren't the Roy Jones Jr. of old - I understood.

"We kind of hugged it out but fighters know when somebody wants to fight, you feel me? He felt my energy, I didn't want to talk, wanted to fight - what have you said about me?

"He was like, 'woah, I like that'. So wait a minute man, let's talk and we can do something," Jones laughed.

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