UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic put boxing heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua firmly in his place on Twitter yesterday, days after the towering Englishman had essentially dismissed him as a nobody.
Apparently believing that the UFC’s willingness to even entertain the idea of a boxing match between their lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. had opened up the opportunity for a cross-codes free-for-all, Miocic expressed interest in fighting Joshua, also under boxing rules.
“I’d love to fight Joshua,” Miocic said on a May edition of the Three Amigos Podcast, more than a month before the aforementioned Mayweather-McGregor fight had actually been signed. “I think that would be an amazing opportunity against an amazing fighter. I think I’ve got what it takes to give him a run for his money—I might beat him. I know he’s tough, but so am I(via BloodyElbow).”
However, when Joshua caught wind of Miocic’s wishful talk, he claimed, playfully or otherwise, that he was unfamiliar with ‘The Croatian Sensation’ and his exploits.
Anthony Joshua just no-sold Stipe Miocic's proposal for a boxing match. pic.twitter.com/EsKOF4uc5V
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) June 15, 2017
On Monday, Miocic fired back, roasting Joshua by playing the most powerful card at his disposal – the ‘I’m the baddest man on the planet’ card.
. @anthonyfjoshua "This guy" is the universally recognized as the baddest man on the planet. You aren't even the baddest man in the UK.
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 19, 2017
It’s certainly a nice card to be able to play.
Miocic, who is coming off of a dominant win over former champion Junior dos Santos, has decent amateur boxing credentials. He won a Cleveland Golden Gloves title and scored two wins at the nationals in 2009 before being eliminated by Bryant Jennings, who would go on to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight title in 2015.
Based on that form, Miocic is certainly no less qualified for the role of heavyweight boxing contender than McGregor, whose greatest amateur boxing achievement seems to have been an Irish National U-16 Schoolboys title, is for the role of Mayweather foe.