Anthony Joshua would entertain an MMA fight, but under one condition
WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) became super famous after the dramatic 11th round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) in front of 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium in April. Unfortunately, there won’t be an immediate rematch, as Klitschko recently announced his retirement from the sport.
Joshua’s name has frequently been in MMA headlines due to UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, who has an amateur boxing background and wants to take on Joshua in the boxing ring.
“I like fighting, I’d do whatever,” said Joshua. (via Sky Sports) “I’d probably get beaten. The only thing that they can’t do is submissions, but they can kick, elbow, bite – whatever they want. Just no submissions.
“I can’t beat a guy (via submission). That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for, but when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.
“It wouldn’t be a problem. If you look at most boxers who’ve crossed over to MMA, they get beaten on the ground. James Toney, Roy Jones, they were phenomenal boxers but they just couldn’t compete in the cage because of the ‘ground and pound’ game.”
“Some of the fighters Mayweather’s fought would probably beat Conor McGregor as well; Conor can’t really compete.
“He’s coming out of his field and going into Mayweather’s domain. Even though he’s an excellent fighter in UFC, he’s not an excellent boxer. Him crossing over is going to be a real, big challenge.
“He could give a good account of himself; I think Mayweather will win but as long as he [McGregor] gives a good account of himself, it’ll work really well for him.”
Joshua will most likely return in October against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs).