Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua?- Stipe Miocic Says He Would ‘Love To’ Fight Either

Published 03/23/2021, 2:22 PM EDT


Stipe Miocic is currently busy with last-minute preparations ahead of his fifth title defense this weekend at UFC 260 against Francis Ngannou. He sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Among many things discussed, Miocic opened up on his wish to fight two boxing heavyweight champions of the world, Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua.

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Miocic possesses a boxing base to his fighting style. The UFC heavyweight kingpin holds the status of the baddest man on the planet. And he would love to put that on the line inside the squared ring too, against the likes of AJ or ‘The Gypsy King’.

Oh, yeah, I would love to,” said Miocic, when asked if he is willing to do a boxing fight as well. Helwani also pointed out that Miocic seems more excited to box either world champion than to fight Jon Jones next. Miocic explained the reason behind that choice.

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It’s different to different fight, different combat. I mean, something, I think boxing technique. Also, I’ll make it into a fight. Jon Jones- me, the same way, you know,” added the UFC heavyweight champion.

The Cleveland, Ohio native firefighter also explained why he wants to do a boxing fight against Fury or AJ rather than them coming over to MMA. “It’s more of a more of a fair fight,” Miocic said, “Well, no, I mean, we both standing we both standing beside standing, you know? We kick and take down like they’re not used to it.”

Helwani also asked the champion if he has a choice between the two boxing heavyweight champions as a potential opponent. “No, I mean they’re both great fighters,” Miocic responded.

Will Stipe Miocic eventually fight inside the squared ring too?

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UFC fighters have previously fought in boxing, with Conor McGregor being the most famous one to do it. Also, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will make his debut in boxing in April on the same night as Ben Askren. Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva is also in talks to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in June.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (L-R) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The prospect of Miocic fighting ‘The Gypsy King‘ or AJ is mouth-watering. However, with Joshua and Fury set to lock horns in a 2-fight deal, it’s unlikely that a fight with Miocic will happen anytime soon.

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What do you make of Miocic‘s comments about boxing? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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