Anderson Silva’s days at the pinnacle of the sport may be over, but his legacy lives on not only in the history books, but also through his sons, who are both rising through the ranks of combat sports in this moment.
Both Kalyl and Gabriel Silva are experienced amateur fighters in kickboxing and Muay Thai, and now 22-year-old Kalyl has turned boxing professional. He won his first fight this weekend at Boxing Show 3 in Brazil via a 4th round knockout of Paulo Roberto dos Santos Nascimento. “The Spider” was there to celebrate his son’s big win.
“The professional debut started with a bang! 4th round knockout,” Kalyl wrote on Instagram, sharing post-fight photos and videos. “Thank you to everyone who is part of this journey with me. Eternally grateful. See you next time !! »
“Congratulations champion pride,” Anderson wrote in the comments. “Strength and honor always.”
Video shows Anderson Silva kneeling in the center of the ring bowing to his son. Kalyl comes down to the canvas to return the gesture before they hug.
Kalyl Silva made her professional boxing debut with a 2-1 record in amateur kickboxing. This knockout at Boxing Show 3 is his first finish since winning his kickboxing debut with a jumping headbutt in just 8 seconds.
As for the father, Anderson Silva is coming off a disappointing boxing decision loss to Jake Paul. While their fight was close in the early rounds, a tough final push from Paul saw the YouTuber-turned-boxer take the final three rounds of the fight on all judges’ scorecards. He put an exclamation mark on his victory by knocking down Silva in the 10th round, winning the fight 78-73, 78-73 and 77-74.
Although he is 47, Silva said he intends to keep fighting.
“If your dreams are small, your vision will be small, your goals will be limited, your targets will be poor, your road will be narrow, your ability to weather storms will be fragile,” he wrote after the loss of Paul. “I wish you weren’t afraid of life – be afraid of not living it. There is no sky without storms, and no path without setbacks.”
With his two sons now training alongside him, it’s clear that “The Spider” still has a deep love for martial arts in his heart. He will continue to train them and himself for the foreseeable future.
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