Boxing: Anthony Joshua Open To Mixed Martial Arts Fight
Nigeria’s Anthony Joshua says he is open to a mixed martial arts fight.
On Saturday, Irish professional mixed martial artist Conor McGregor will engage American professional boxer Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, and Joshua is also considering such an encounter.
Joshua, however, has his conditions.
"I like fighting. I'd do whatever,"
"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." The WBA heavyweight champion told Britain's Press Association.
Joshua, 27, is awaiting confirmation of his next title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, which is expected to take place either in Las Vegas in November or in Cardiff in October.
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