UFC’s Dana White Targeting Anthony Joshua In Expansion Into Boxing

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UFC President Dana White has spent years building an empire with the UFC and now he is expanding his promotional interests into the world of boxing.

If White can come close to accomplishing in boxing what he did with mixed martial arts, the sport would be getting what it has sorely needed for decades.

White is making a bid to sign unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua to a multi-fight deal that could be worth upward of $500 million, according to the Daily Telegraph (UK).

White plans to attend Joshua’s world title unification fight with New Zealand’s Joseph Parker later this month and plans to meet with the fighter then.

Joshua is currently under contract to Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, and Joshua said that while he will listen to White, he has not intention of leaving Hearn.

“Listen, I’m riding with Eddie. I’ve been riding with Eddie. He got me from the get-go,” Joshua said, according to ESPN.

“I’m not into the UFC, so I don’t know what their plans are. … I’m interested because we can all work together. Remember, mine and Eddie’s relationship is a really good working relationship. And I’m sure Eddie has an interest in working with Dana White. If it’s good business, it makes sense.

“We’ll listen and 100 percent, if it makes sense we’re all ears, man. I’m happy that Dana is coming into the game. Hopefully, he can add some excitement and we can progress forward and make some good money and make some good fights.”

“If Dana White wants to speak to us, obviously Anthony is with us, we’re willing to talk to anybody,” Hearn said during a media call on Wednesday.

“We do great business with everyone — Bernd Boente, Duco Events. I work with Top Rank, Golden Boy, Al Haymon. We work with anyone if the business is right.”