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Chris Lytle in Discussions to Box Roy Jones Jr.


The 39 year old retired MMA fighter and former pro boxer, Chris “Lights Out” Lytle may be soon returning to a boxing ring. And he won’t just be fighting anybody, Lytle is in discussion to return to boxing and compete against the legendary Roy Jones Jr., as reported by Fox Sports’ Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.

Chris Lytle last competed in a boxing match in 2005, defeating Omar Pittman by TKO (7), he has a pro boxing record of 13-1-1 with 7 knockouts.

Although the Indiana native is most well known for competing in mixed martial arts, and his entertaining performances inside the UFC. Lytle (31-18-5) last competed in combat sports in August of 2011, defeating Dan Hardy via 3rd round guillotine choke. Lytle went out on a high note and retired from the sport winning 4 of his last 5 bouts.

Post-UFC, Lytle ran for Indiana State Senate in 2012, but lost the vote. He is still currently a full-time fire fighter.

Roy Jones Jr.’s name has been thrown around a lot in the MMA world, having potential bouts with Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz come up as possibilities. The 45 year old is still active in the sport of boxing, having recently competed in December of 2013, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf and capturing the WBU Cruiserweight title. Known for his flashy style, Jones Jr. has been long thought of as one of the sports’ greats. He has accumulated a pro boxing record of 57-8 with 40 knockouts, and hold career wins over the likes of James Toney, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, and Felix Trinidad.

While technically still under contract with the UFC, the UFC has given Chris Lytle their blessing to pursuit a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. Ariel Helwani reports that Lytle is very hopeful for a light heavyweight bout at 175lbs, and it would televised, 10 rounds, likely in the fall. Lytle also added, “I’d be happy every second that I was in there with him”.

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