UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic weighs his chances against boxing heavyweight king Anthony Joshua.
It’s fashionable for UFC fighters to challenge boxers in their own sport. After all, if Conor McGregor can possibly land a fight with Floyd Mayweather, why can’t others try the same thing with the other top names in the boxing world?
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, a former Cleveland Golden Gloves winner, has expressed interest in fighting the world’s best heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua. Miocic is coming off a quick TKO win over Junior dos Santos at UFC 211, as he used his powerful hands and boxing skills to successfully defend his title.
In an interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Miocic (17-2) sized up his chances against Joshua.
“If the fight happens, me against Joshua would be a great fight,” Miocic said. “I think I’d surprise a lot of people, I think it’d be an amazing fight … let’s do it! He’s a great guy. He’s tough, he’s a champion for a reason. I think I’d give him a run for his money.”
“I do a lot of boxing and I’ve boxed before, working on my boxing I think I’d be fine,” he later added. “He’s a tough guy, he’s the best in the world. But, I’m pretty tough, too.”
(Transcription via MMA Mania)
When Miocic competed in the National Golden Gloves tournament, he won his first two fights before being eliminated by current heavyweight boxing contender Bryant Jennings. He otherwise does not have a single professional bout on his record, but does have a lot of knockout wins using his boxing inside the Octagon.
Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) won heavyweight gold (albeit controversially) in the 2012 Summer Olympics and is coming off a dramatic knockout win over Wladimir Klitschko, who hadn’t been stopped in thirteen years. The mega-fight was staged at London’s Wembley Stadium, with 90,000+ fans in attendance. Joshua earned a career-high payday in the neighborhood of $20 million.
You can watch Miocic’s full interview at the 2:05:54 mark of the video.