The reigning World Boxing Association (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBA) heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, has hinted that he could fight a mixed martial arts (MMA) opponent as long as there was a no submissions rule.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, takes on undefeated American boxer, Floyd Mayweather, in a boxing match in Las Vegas on 26 August.
Joshua, who WBA has ordered to defend his title against Cuba’s Luis Ortiz said he like fighting and woud do whatever but probably get beaten.
“The only thing that they can’t do is submissions but they can kick, elbow, bite – whatever they want. 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.” Joshua added.
The Briton has yet to finalise a date and venue for a fight with mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, who he must face before 2 December or risk being stripped of his IBF belt.
He has also be given them 30 days from 3 August to agree the fight with Ortiz.
“I’ve been away with the family and need to get back to reality. Sitting on the beach getting my toes rubbed, that’s not the life of an athlete.
“I’ve got to get back to the gutter, keep organised, keep disciplined. I’ve done my holidays and need to get back to the military mindset I live.” the Nigeria born boxer said.