By Mark Elezaj
UFC President Dana White has stated over and over again that he intends to enter the world of boxing with his own promotional company, Zuffa Boxing.
In a recent interview with CNN, White spoke about the issues with boxing, even mentioning the frustrations the boxing fans have regarding the heavyweight division and the top three guys, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua not facing each other this year.
“What I don’t like what boxing is doing is 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.”
“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.”
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In the last two years, White has been involved in some heated exchanges with some of boxing’s biggest promoters. Just recently he was involved in a very heated back and forth with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya. He’s also had a war of words with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, and Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza. White has stated in several interviews that he would never do business with any of the three. He also said that he will not work with the sanctioning bodies. https://www.bloodyelbow.com/2018/6/11/17448216/white-on-zuffa-boxing-we-wont-work-with-any-sanctioning-bodies-well-have-our-own-league-mma-ufc?_gl=1*fbmp4c*
Also, in the past few months, White has been making deals with the likes of Roy Jones Jr. and Lou DiBella, to stream their non-televised events on UFC Fight Pass.
White has also expressed his interest in promoting current heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“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.”
I myself am interested in seeing what White can put together as far as boxing is concerned. Can he compete against the likes of Arum, Haymon and De La Hoya? Only time will tell.
~ The Fighting Voice ~