UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic is eyeing up a potential crossover bout with Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury if he retains his belt against Francis Ngannou this weekend.
Miocic, 38, is set to battle it out with Ngannou, whom he previously defeated on points back in 2018, at UFC 260 on Saturday night.
Should he come out on top in the eagerly-awaited clash, the American will then set his sights on venturing into boxing for a showdown with either Joshua or Fury – the current world heavyweight champions who recently agreed a mouthwatering £500million deal for two undisputed fights in 2021.
When asked by ESPN why he is keen to face Joshua or Fury, Miocic said: “It's a different combat, boxing is all about technique.
“It's more of a fair fight (than if they fought in MMA); we both fight standing but we can kick and take down, and they're not used to that.”
Miocic will first have his work cut out at the weekend, as Ngannou heads into their rematch on the back of a four-fight win streak.
The latter is expected to provide a much tougher test than when they last met five years ago.
Miocic told MMA Fighting: “It won’t be nothing like the first fight because he’s definitely gotten better and so have I.
“A lot of things are going to change. I'm trying to make it a more one-sided fight, and of course try to end it early, but he's gotten better.
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“The man hits hard and it’s the heavyweight division so anything can happen.
“He's got a great coach and a great team and they’re definitely working with him, making him better. He's definitely gotten better but so have I.
“I think whoever implements their game plan the best is going to win.
“He's definitely gotten better but he’s also got that one factor that everyone thinks he hits hard and he does hit hard. You’ve just got to watch out for it.”
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