Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, in some people’s eyes the GOAT of UFC, is testing his skills at boxing as he takes on former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The two will compete in a 10-round match on June 19 at Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico. Looking at Anderson Silva vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. odds, it is the former pro boxer who is favored over the former UFC star.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released the Anderson Silva vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. odds with Chavez listed as a sizable -550 favorite and Silva coming in as a +325 underdog. This means that you would have to wager $550 to profit $100 on a Chavez victory, while a $100 bet would profit you $325 on a Silva win.
Anderson Silva vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Odds
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Odds as of June 19 at Sportsbook
Looking at the Anderson Silva vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. odds, our sports betting calculator tells us that Chavez’s odds of -550 represent an implied win probability of 84.62 percent while Silva’s +325 betting line has an implied win probability of 23.53 percent.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Anderson Silva Odds Analysis
Personally, I thought this line probably should have been even longer for Silva, who has not been in a boxing match in 16 years and has never been in a 10-round bout – he has a total of three pro boxing rounds under his belt. Furthermore, he was cut from the UFC after posting a 1-7 record with one no contest over his last nine bouts. While Chavez hasn’t been the world-class boxer he once was, he earned a pro boxing victory as recently as last November.
Chavez Jr. vs Silva Preview
At one time during the UFC title reign of “The Spider,” there were talks of him fighting Roy Jones Jr., a fight that Silva still hopes for today. He had a run of 16 straight wins with 14 stoppages in his prime. Silva was known for his matrix-like reflexes and evasiveness, combined with pinpoint accuracy and knockout power.
Anderson essentially disrespected the skills of his opponent, often standing right in front of them daring them to swing. He’d dodge and counter and often end the night right then and there. Following a knockout and a bad leg injury in 2013, The Spider never really was the same – his elusiveness was diminished, his power was gone and he became very hesitant. And of course, this is a boxing match, so his great kicks, knees and elbows are all illegal, reducing his threats greatly.
Chavez’s Pressure will be the Difference-Maker
Anderson’s fighting style and reach advantage (77 inches to Chavez’s 73) will force Julio to be a bulldog, close the distance and let his hands fly. Fortunately for him, he’s been known to be a pressure fighter, cutting off the ring effectively and throwing with bad intentions when he is cornered.
At times, Chavez will overextend on a punch, which leaves him vulnerable to a counter, falling right into Silva’s playbook. In the same vein, he’s been known to get a little wild and swing aggressively, though it isn’t set up well and can cause him to tire.
Chavez Jr. vs Silva: Final Thoughts
Ultimately, I do believe this is a good matchup for Silva with a guy who will move forward and is hittable. However, I think Chavez has the better power and will force Silva to get into a firefight – I’m not sure The Spider will be able to rise to the task. Additionally, the power advantage has to go to the boxer, so if Silva is too busy showboating and not matching the output of Chavez, then he will lose.