We broke the story … 46-year-old Silva is all set to fight 35-year-old Chávez Jr. at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Silva was known as one of the top strikers during his UFC career — but he hasn’t taken a pro boxing match since 2005 … while Chavez is 52-5-1 as a pro and scored a victory over Jeyson Minda in his latest fight back in Nov. 2020.
We spoke with Silva at his open workout in L.A. this week — and safe to say, he’s VERY excited for the scrap.
“I’m working hard and I’m going to put my heart into this fight,” Silva told us … “I know it’s tough because boxing is different. I’ve never fought in this same level in boxing but I’m preparing my mind, I’m preparing my body.”
“The secret I think for me is how much you love doing this and I love it a lot.”
Silva says he’s also honored to be on the same card as his opponent’s father — boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., one of the sport’s all-time greats.
“I’m very excited because Julio Cesar Chavez is a legend in this sport and for me, I’m on the same card for this legend?! … I’m happy!”