Anthony Joshua has responded to reports on Wednesday night that the UFC were prepared to offer him a lucrative multi-fight deal.
The UFC themselves have declined to comment on the speculation, but Joshua himself has answered it and said that he would be prepared to listen to the offer from Zuffa, the UFC’s new boxing venture, were one to be forthcoming.
Speaking to ESPN, the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion did stress, however, that he had no interest in crossing over into mixed martial arts:
“I’m sure Eddie has an interest in working with Dana White. If it’s good business, it makes sense. I’m not in the business and I’m sure Eddie isn’t in it to say, ‘Oh, Dana White, we’re not interested in working with you,’ when we don’t know what’s on the table.
“If it makes sense, we’re all ears, man. So I’m happy that Dana’s coming into the game, hopefully we can add some excitement and we can progress forward and make some more money and make some good fights.”
Joshua is currently preparing for his title defence against Joseph Parker in Cardiff on Saturday night. The report, which first appeared in the Telegraph on Wednesday night, suggested that a potential deal could see the 28-year-old earn in excess of £350m. Dana White is also believed to be attending Joshua’s fight this weekend, where he hopes to sit down with the defending champion and his team.