Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is predicting a knockout victory over MMA legend Anderson Silva in their upcoming clash.
35-year-old Chavez (52-5-1) as a pro boxer is facing Silva in a cruiserweight bout on June 19th in Mexico.
Silva, who is best known for his dominant run in the UFC, believes that he's fully capable of beating Chavez Jr., who has a significant edge in experience when it comes to boxing.
The son of a legend is looking to end things early.
“[The Silva matchup] has all the ingredients to be an exciting fight. I predict I can finish him after the third or fourth round. That's when I get in the groove and start feeling myself in the ring," Chavez told TMZ.
“Look, I predict that after the fourth round I’ll be able to knock him out. And, if he lasts longer than that, that's gonna be his fault because that's gonna be a beating.”
Beyond that fight, Chavez is looking to secure rematches to avenge decision losses to Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.
Canelo dominated Chavez over twelve rounds back in 2017, when they fought at a catch-weight of 164.5-pounds.
Chavez later claimed that he nearly killed his body to make the contracted weight and as a result he had no energy in the ring.
“Of course I want to have [a Canelo rematch] on my mind. That’s what makes this fight such a big deal for me. It’s gonna give me the opportunity to get these rematches with Canelo or Danny Jacobs," Chavez Jr. said.
“I think that I do have the style to win the [Canelo] fight because I attack. I try to not give him too much space to move around because he’s a great boxer.
"I just think it’ll be a better fight, but yes, I think I could beat Canelo. I’m thinking I have to get past Silva more than anything first. After Silva, I’m thinking 1 more fight, then I'll be prepared to face Canelo.”