Brit boxer Joshua tells heavyweight American rival Wilder to 'stop the fantasy'

White, the promotional face of the largest organisation in mixed martial arts, revealed previous year that he's planning to extend his interests into the boxing world. "That helps when I'm trying to sleep in the afternoon". Let us know in the comments. "So what the hell, why not give it a shot?"

Someone asked me that and I said Wilder done [sic] what he's supposed to do.

UFC president Dana White announced his intention to expand his promotional interests into boxing a year ago and it appears as though he has his first target in sight: unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua.

Joshua, 28, is 20-0 with 20 knockouts.

The Englishman is a fight promoter's dream.

The 41-year-old retired for a second time after defeating McGregor in August and a potential re-match-this time in the octagon-has been touted as a possibility.

Joshua weighed 18st 2lbs against Carlos Takam, which was noticeably heavier than in his victory against Wladimir Klitschko when he weighed in at 17st 12lbs.

The Briton's stock has risen to global fame since he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in April previous year to add the WBA and IBO titles to his IBF crown.

Parker Joshua
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Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a huge fan of Joshua and has admitted in the past that he was very interested in getting into boxing and signing Anthony Joshua under Zuffa Boxing.

It remains unclear whether Joshua's perceived snub was deliberate, but Parker said: "It's a little disrespectful because they've travelled a long way to come and see him, and they respect him, as a fighter and what he's achieved".

However, if Joshua were to accept an offer from the UFC, the odds of him competing in MMA would be slim. Then again, Joshua is no normal boxer. "I've been riding with Eddie". I've been riding with Eddie.

I spar with a lot of the amateur guys who are like professionals because they do WSB and all that stuff. Oh yeah, I'll be better. Perhaps surprisingly for someone as personable as he is, Joshua makes it clear that he's in the business primarily for himself.

"The reason I am so excited about this fight is the difference in styles", Parker said.

"We'll listen and 100%, if it makes sense we're all ears". In the last fight we were 112kg (17st 18lbs), for this fight 108 (17st). But after that, could he have a future in the UFC?

However at a VR showcase last month, Sky teased a new launch which included photorealistic 3D holograms of Anthony Joshua in action, allowing viewers to experience like never before what it's like to come face to face with the world champion.

  • Leroy Wright