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Morning Report: Dana White says boxing plans are still a go: ‘I’m making all my boxing moves after this summer’

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Dana White

For well over a year, UFC President Dana White has said he would like to get involved in boxing promotion, and apparently those plans are still in motion, despite signing a new deal with the UFC.

In a recent interview with CNN (transcribed by Bloody Elbow), White once again addressed the issues he thinks plague boxing today and how he would do things better.

“What I don’t like what [boxing] is doing if how they’re not fighting the best guys out there right now,” White said. “They have [Deontay] Wilder and [Tyson] Fury who just fought to a draw in an incredible fight that people loved. The rematch isn’t happening with those two, and neither one of those two are going to fight [Anthony] Joshua.

“These guys could do a round robin fight, fight each other. You know, both guys could fight Joshua and they’d kill it. They’d make so much money and they would bring so much energy and life back to boxing. But these guys just keep shooting themselves in the foot.”

White has railed against the ills of boxing for a number of years. In fact, one of his key arguments as to why MMA would surpass The Sweet Science has always been that the UFC always gets the fights the fans want to see get made. But after helping to promote the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Money Fight, White revealed he had a mind to stop this problem by moving into boxing with Zuffa boxing. Those plans have yet to gain any traction, but White told CNN that he was biding his time and that this summer, we would see things start to happen.

“I am making all my boxing moves after this summer,” White said. “When this summer is over, you’ll be hearing a lot about what I’m doing in the sport of boxing.”

And when he does make his move, one of the biggest stars in the sport appears to be on his radar. Anthony Joshua is the undefeated heavyweight champion that many project to become one of the most financially successful fighters of all time. And White seems to want to be in the Joshua business.

“I would like that,” White said. “Right now, Anthony Joshua should be a huge star in the United States too. But he’s not.”

“[Fighting in New York on June 1st] isn’t necessarily going to turn you into a big star. Hopefully it does.”

This is not the first time Joshua’s name has come up with Zuffa boxing. When Dana first began making overtures towards boxing, Joshua said he would “100 percent” consider signing with Zuffa boxing if the offer made sense. It was later reported that the UFC was interested in a $500 million deal to sign Joshua but White has denied those reports and Joshua went on to sign a three-year extension with Matchroom Boxing last summer.


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