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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva: Live round-by-round updates

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Anderson Silva
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Anderson Silva will clash at the Tribute to Kings event Saturday.
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MMA Fighting has Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva live round-by-round updates of one of the most anticipated boxing fights of the year Saturday night at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The fight will start around 11 p.m. ET. Check out our Chavez Jr. vs. Silva results page to find out what happened on the undercard. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who has a 52-5-1 record with one no-contest, is a former middleweight champion. He has lost three of his past five fights.

Anderson Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, holds a career 1-1 record in boxing. He is competing in a pro boxing fight for the first time since winning by second-round knockout of Julio Cesar de Jesus on Aug. 5, 2005.

Check out the Chavez Jr. vs. Silva live blog for tonight’s clash below.

Anderson Silva making his walk to the ring now.

The ring entrances are underway and we are moments away from “The Spider” boxing again.

Round 1: Chavez takes the center of the ring. Silva circling as the boxers size each other up. Silva with an opening 2-3 that Chavez blocks. Chavez waiting for an opening. Glancing left by Silva, not much on that punch. There’s an overhand right by Chavez, partially blocked. Left hook from Chavez gets through. Chavez cutting off the ring with his movement. Chavez with a left, Silva circles to get his back off the ropes. Not much to score there.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez.

Round 2: Silva active with his jab, though it’s just a range finder right now. Chavez getting out of the way of Silva’s straight punches. Chavez with a short punch to the body. Silva scores to the body. Silva with a winging right hand up top. Chavez with the jab. Silva backs Chavez up with an uppercut to the body. Silva getting the hands going and he hits a jab. Chavez connects with a right hand.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 19-19.

Round 3: Silva jabs to the body. Chavez hits a jab and pushes the pace, scoring to the body. Silva aggressive now, but Chavez defends against the ropes. Left hand gets through for Silva. Silva to the body. He’s the busier fighter in round three. A pair of lefts to the body score for Chavez and Chavez just misses with a power punch to the head. Silva motioning for Chavez to THROW DOWN. Silva walks himself back into the corner and invites Chavez to come at him. Chavez just loading up and throwing hard punches as Silva blocks.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez. Overall, 29-28 Chavez.

Round 4: Silva opens round four with a good uppercut. Now he has Chavez cornered. Chavez with good head movement, he’s staying out of danger. Silva goes 1-1-2. Silva muscles Chavez to the ropes, he’s scoring to the body. Jab by Silva keeps Chavez on the backfoot. Chavez looking to counter with Silva smothering him. Silva to the body. Silva lands a two-punch combo, then a left.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 38-38.

Round 5: Silva right back on the offensive. Chavez blocking, but some of these punches are getting through. Silva staying busy with the jab. Step-in right for Chavez. Silva sticking with the jab. Silva with a straight 1-2. Chavez just not throwing much in this round. Silva jabbing away. Fast right hand scores for Chavez and he follows with another.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 48-47 Silva.

Round 6: Silva with another quick start to a round. He is really putting the pressure on Chavez who is defending with little offensive output. Chavez slips in a couple of punches to the body. Silva just bullying him against the ropes, he attacks with an uppercut. Clean lead left by Silva. Chavez with a counter jab. He blocks a Silva flurry. Chavez with a right to close the frame.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 58-56 Silva.

Round 7: Silva scores to the body, then lands a short uppercut. Not sure what Chavez is waiting for. Silva pops him with a jab. He’s circling and firing. Chavez has thrown almost nothing through 90 seconds. Chavez turtles up and throws out a left hand that lands. Good left to the body by Chavez. Silva with a left to the side of Chavez’s head. Chavez closing the round well with two loud shots to the body. Silva backs him up with the jab.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Silva. Overall, 68-65 Silva.

Round 8: The Silva jab is still giving Chavez problems. He’s clearly the busier fighter. Silva with a 1-2, then another 1-2. Silva leading the dance. They do a quick check on Chavez’s cut and we’re back to the action. Good right by Chavez to Silva’s chin. He opens up with body work. Silva keeping up the pressure with his 1-2 combo. Silva with an uppercut. Right hand gets through for Chavez, he zings another to the body. Silva answers with another uppercut. Chavez throwing hard as time ticks down.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Chavez. Overall, 77-75 Silva.

Official result: Anderson Silva def. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. via split decision (77-75, 75-77, 77-75)

Up next, the exhibition boxing bout between the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Hector Camacho Jr. Follow along with play-by-play results for that fight here.