According to a report from The Daily Telegraph, UFC president Dana White is attempting to expand his fight business into the boxing world and would like to start by signing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua to a massive multi-fight contract that could be worth up to $500M.
White is expected to fly to Cardiff for Joshua’s upcoming unification bout with Joseph Parker and meet with Joshua and his team to discuss his proposal.
Joshua is currently signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing for at least the next year, but he tells ESPN that while he has no intentions of leaving Hearn, they’re still willing to lend White an open ear.
“Listen, I’m riding with Eddie. I’ve been riding with Eddie. He got me from the get-go,” Joshua said. “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.”
Hearn also confirmed he’s willing to listen to White’s proposal, saying he’s willing to work with anyone if the business is right, but shortly thereafter quipped:
“In the meantime, I’ll sign [UFC top draw] Conor McGregor and it will all be fair.”