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Boxing champ Anthony Joshua responds to reports of $500 million offer from UFC: ‘We’re all ears’

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is trying to find a new television station for his mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, now that FOX has refused to pay for an overpriced contract extension. In addition, fighters are unhappy with the current pay scale and ratings are some of the lowest in the organization’s history.

But why work on any of that when you can drop $500 million on a heavyweight boxer?

That seems to be the plan, according to this report, as the new ZUFFA boxing venture is looking to make a huge impact in the “sweet science” by scoring a multi-fight deal with British boxing sensation Anthony Joshua.

Who appears to be “all ears,” based on yesterday’s media conference call (via Sports Joe):

“If it’s good business, it makes sense. I’m not in the business and I’m sure Eddie (Hearn) isn’t in it to say, ‘Oh, Dana White, we’re not interested in working with you,’ when we don’t know what’s on the table. We’ll listen and a hundred percent, if it makes sense, we’re all ears, man. So I’m happy that Dana’s 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.”

White’s passion for boxing is undeniable, but his track record ... that’s a different story.

Joshua is the toast of the heavyweight town after stopping Wladimir Klitschko roughly one year back (watch the highlights here). He followed that up by creaming Carlos Takam last October in Wales, improving his undefeated record to 20-0 in the process.

Since we already know how White and Co. feel about co-promoting (with the exception of this monster deal), is there any chance UFC and Joshua can come to terms with Eddie Hearn in the mix?