Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has continued to add fuel to the flames of rumour, saying that he believed he could have “a good scrap” with one of the UFC’s most popular heavyweight contenders, as well as former light heavyweight king Jon Jones.
Joshua counts the scalp of heavyweight great Wladimir Klitschko amongst his notable victories, having beaten the Ukrainian pugilist by TKO in the eleventh round of their match early last year.
The 28-year-old WBA, IBO and IBF champion is now on a mission to unify the heavyweight titles on March 3st against Joseph Parker in Wales, aiming to take home the WBO strap before moving on to fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC championship.
The possibility of Joshua crossing into the world of mixed martial arts has intrigued fans, with Joshua’s possible foray into another combat sport being compared to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s crossover into boxing in August of 2017.
McGregor took on renowned defensive technician Floyd “Money” Mayweather, losing by TKO in the tenth round, taking home over $100 million in the process.
In an interview with Sky Sports’ Toe 2 Toe podcast, Joshua let slip that he’d like to fight a few of the UFC’s stars.
“A good scrap would be with the guy from Congo [Francis Ngannou] who just lost recently. Big unit – that would be a good scrap,” he said.
“Then you’ve got Jon Jones, that’d be a good scrap.
“Yeah of course, obviously I’d have to have a couple of warm-up fights because you have to learn the submissions and stuff.
“But, yeah, a fight is a fight at the end of the day. So yeah man, I’d do it.”
Joshua is dedicating himself to defeating Parker, but don’t rule out a trip to the octagon just yet.
“Joseph Parker is dedicated and I’m going to see him at 50 percent better than I have before.
“What I’ve learnt is that boxing is simplified when you incorporate your feet. Even though it’s a game of punching people, your feet get you in and out of range.
“If I can transform what I’ve learnt in the gym for the last ten or 12 weeks to the ring, hopefully, I can get him out of there between six and eight.”
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