Eddie Hearn is eager to get signatures on a contract for Katie Taylor to welcome Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino to the boxing ring.
Eddie Hearn has mentioned Cyborg’s name on multiple occasions in reference to Katie Taylor’s apparent desire to close out her professional boxing career with the biggest fights possible.
While both Taylor and Cyborg have upcoming fights to concern themselves with, they have long been linked with a cross-sport clash with one another.
Former UFC featherweight champion Cyborg currently fights under the Bellator banner but she is eager to make her professional boxing debut against Ireland’s Taylor.
“I like to have challenges. And I really want a boxing fight,” Cyborg told Sky Sports.
“I really like boxing. I’ve tried wrestling, I’ve tried jiu jitsu, I’ve tried Muay Thai. Always when you compete in a separate sport like this, you learn a lot.”
Cyborg, 35, has kickboxing experience under her belt but a switch to boxing-only rules against Taylor, arguably the greatest female boxer of all time, would represent an ambitious venture for the Brazilian.
Cyborg added: “I love challenges. I’ve got Arlene Blencowe next in MMA, but if we can do the [Taylor] fight, it will be amazing.”
Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, welcomed Cyborg’s interest in the crossover contest and seemingly accepted the offer.
Let’s do it! https://t.co/q03xTVAvkp
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 13, 2020
Taylor is set to defend her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight titles against Miriam Gutirriez next month after extending her perfect professional record against fierce rival Delfine Persoon in August.
The most memorable recent instance of a high-profile MMA fighter switching codes to boxing came three years ago, when Conor McGregor was stopped by Floyd Mayweather late on in Las Vegas.
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The very first shot of the fight. Right on the button through the guard. I didn’t even put anything into that shot. Just placed it. It was hard for me not to dwell on the full 12 rounds that were potentially ahead of me and hold back my shots early. Still tho right on the absolute button. The first punch thrown. Remember the experts saying I wouldn’t land even 1 lol. I landed more than them all. The picture above is the very first punch of the fight thrown, and landed, and inside the very first second of the fight. Bums all of them “experts”. Listen to none of them! Really I should have just sat right thru that shot and took his head off and fuck the distance. If it didn’t work out just give him a good boot into the neck and get DQ’d and fined and who’d give a fuck. I’m upset I fully followed the rules for that fight to be honest. Floyd deserved a volley at the least. A shoulder even, break the face. Manny not so much tho I don’t think, but I will see how the build up goes and wait to hear what bitter old Freddie Roach has to say and then make a decision. My Whiskeys at half a b and climbing I could take a fine. I’d rather fight MMA anyway not sure why I’ve been held back like this, it’s borderline criminal at this stage. The biggest number generator in the game asking for four fights since February this year and getting left on seen. It’s pretty fucked up when I keep thinking of it. I’ve been right here this whole time. Bob Chapek, do you copy! I repeat, Bob Chapek – Do You Copy! Anyways boxing it is for now and I’m up for this! I hope no bottling takes place here. I’m already agreeing to these limited rules and holding back my full array of weapons. Let’s get it going guys. Much love, the champ champ
McGregor has since expressed regrets about not utilising some MMA techniques, which would have been illegal, against Mayweather but Cyborg insists that she would not be tempted to revert to her instincts if things didn’t go to plan against Taylor.
“For me it’s easy to separate,” Cyborg said. “I really don’t have to think too much. When I’m boxing I’m focused on boxing and I don’t try to kick an opponent or anything.”