MMA icon stuns former boxing world champion

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MMA icon Anderson Silva has shocked former middleweight boxing world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr with a split decision victory in an exhibition fight.

Silva and Chavez Jr fought in Mexico, on the 'Tribute to the Kings' exhibition card also featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, and the UFC legend prevailed easily despite the scorecard.

Silva, 46, won 75-77, 77-75, 77-75 over Chavez Jr, 35, with most believing that he should have been given a unanimous verdict. 'Spider' entered the bout 1-1 as a boxer, while Chavez Jr had nearly 60 pro fights to his credit.

While Silva was the record-breaking king of the UFC's middleweight division, his easy transition to the boxing ring against an accomplished - albeit faded - opponent was startling.

"I feel so happy. I'm very ... wow," Silva said.

"I need to say thank you because my coaches work a lot and when I started this camp training, I talk to my coach and said I need to do this because I love fighting and boxing is my dream for many, many years."

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Silva added that he may fight again "very soon", with his win undoubtedly opening the door to more exhibition appearances.

Silva was congratulated afterwards by reigning middleweight boxing king Canelo Alvarez.

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