“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.
Golden Snitch. UFC’s Jeff Novitzky: USADA ‘still evaluating’ Paulo Costa case.
Conor, possibly throwing a cheap shot? Or McGrane getting karma for showboating.
Sage getting his acting on.
Inside Cerrone’s BMF Ranch.
Chael on Conor doing good instead of living the bit.
A Few Good Fights. Discussing UFC St. Petersburg and UFC fort Lauderdale.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Bobby Knux trying to draft off that Khabib stardom.
I’m telling you, homie needs to grow a goatee and go full heel mode. He’d be one of the biggest stars in the sport when he comes back.
I think I’m suppose to be six but they just made a mistake. But high five’s all around with my homie ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XEMkKQUiCD— Jo Jo Calderwood (@DRkneevil) April 24, 2019
What a good dude.
@DustinPoirier I don’t have nearly the star power that you have but I would love to donate my fight kit from my last fight to raise money for your cause.— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) April 23, 2019
Tom got so screwed.
Very laissez-faire attitude.
When I beat Jorge it is likely that I get a title shot. If not oh well, I will beat someone else up. https://t.co/pqtGUNbgdP— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) April 23, 2019
The only "stupid" path was getting caught especially in an organization that doesn't test year round. Will give him some credit considering he was fighting Rousimar Palhares & fighting fire with fire. The "not seeing benifits" was probably because his opponents were better. #smh https://t.co/CQDD7fdXUw— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) April 23, 2019
What about it... #Rizin16— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 23, 2019
Who wants to see me in Kobe, Japan and who against...?@rizin_PR @rizin_English @ZenGinnen @MmaShingo @SubmissionRadio @Jasonthekid23 @alanbelcherufc #catchweight #whateverweight @espnmma @FiteTV #letsgoson pic.twitter.com/uDwgJzdYwv
It’s important to know how to laugh at yourself.
When you get caught sleeping on the job pic.twitter.com/mKGZlV2TkS— Eryk Anders (@erykanders) April 23, 2019
This man knows.
Just a friendly reminder to block the shit out of Colby Covington since "Endgame" is coming out this week.— Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) April 23, 2019
Rolando Bedoya (11-1) vs. Daniel Zellhuber (7-0); Combate Americas, May 31.
Marlon Gonzales (14-4-2, 1 NC) vs. Pablo Villaseca (14-5); Combate Americas, May 31.
Maria Paola Buzaglo (1-1) vs. Alitzel Mariscal (2-0); Combate Americas, May 31.
Andres Ayala (12-7) vs. Renzo Mendez (12-6); Combate Americas, May 31.
Eduardo Torres (9-0) vs. Rodrigo Vera (8-0-1); Combate Americas, May 31.
Dana Zighelboim Grau (2-0) vs. Jennifer Gonzalez (10-5); Combate Americas, May 31.
Kevin Moreyra (4-2) vs. David Martinez (2-0); Combate Americas, May 31.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2010: Jose Aldo battered Urijah Faber for five rounds to retain his featherweight title at WEC 48. In the co-main event that evening, Ben Henderson submitted Donald Cerrone with a first-round guillotine choke to retain the lightweight title.
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