Former boxing champ David Haye claims UFC has reached out about fighting Jimi Manuwa
Jimi Manuwa used his platform following a huge win at UFC London to call out boxing champion David Haye, and if you believe the former WBA titleholder, “Poster Boy” could be getting his wish.
Haye, a former cruiserweight and WBO international champion, was participating in a Q&A with fans on social media when he was asked about the callout and a potential fight with the budding MMA star. The answer for Haye was an easy one and according to the Londoner, he’s already heard from the UFC on the topic.
“The answer is a resounding yes!” Haye said, according to Boxing News Online. “I was very impressed with his quick knockout the other night at the O2 Arena. If any of the mixed martial artists can convert over to be a successful boxer he has definitely got the body shape and style to do so.”
“Yeah, we have heard from Manuwa’s management and UFC so it is something that we are looking at, at the moment. Obviously, it is a little way off being confirmed. But it is a fight that would unify a lot of the fans from both UFC and boxing and make a mega event.”
Manuwa and Haye aren’t the first MMA fighter-boxer duo to agree to a potential fight. Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. and UFC great Anderson Silva have long discussed a bout in the ring, but it never came to fruition.
Now, however, both Haye and Jones Jr. have claimed they have had discussions with the UFC about boxing MMA fighters.
If true, fans can probably thank the ever-evolving talks between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather as they get closer and closer to agreeing to a monumental bout pitting the best of best worlds against one another. And it appears a few other big names are trying to work their way on the card.