ANTHONY JOSHUA has admitted he could one day make the move from boxing to mixed martial arts following last week’s reports in The Telegraph that the IBF and WBA heavyweight titlist is to be courted by UFC supremo, Dana White. But anyone hoping to see Joshua against the likes of UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic any time soon are likely to be disappointed.
Joshua, set for a heavyweight unification showdown in a boxing ring with Joseph Parker this weekend, told reporters he would be keen to test the waters in UFC, but only after his boxing career – still very much in full swing – is over.
The Englishman watched with interest as UFC superstar Conor McGregor made the switch the other way last summer, taking on Floyd Mayweather under Las Vegas boxing rules in a bout that highlighted the difficulties those crossing over will always encounter when taking on masters of their trade. McGregor pluckily lasted until the 10th round, but how much of that had to do with Mayweather allowing him to do so was a point of debate in the aftermath. No matter, though, because both combatants made obscene riches from the spectacle.