Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight kingpin, Junior dos Santos, is making the move to professional boxing with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his sights.
Boxing management company S-JAM Boxing announced on Tuesday that it had acquired dos Santos’ services and are working on a fight for “JDS.” In a promo video featuring the former UFC fighter, “Cigano” expressed interest in fighting world-class boxers at the pinnacle of the sport.
“Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury. One day I will fight against these guys, and I will beat them up.”— S-JAM BOXING (@sjamboxing) November 2, 2021
He’s already done it in the @UFC, @junior_cigano is now ready to fight the biggest names in boxing. pic.twitter.com/h4DrCOBytl
“Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury,” JDS said in a promo video. “I really believe at some point it’s going to happen. I’m going to have a big fight against one these guys, and I will beat them up,” dos Santos in the promo.
“JDS” previously expressed interest in competing in boxing.
A @UFC Heavyweight Champion, who holds the in UFC heavyweight history...— S-JAM BOXING (@sjamboxing) November 2, 2021
Welcome to SJAM, .@junior_cigano will be co-managed by SJAM Boxing alongside Nilo Effori. Stay tuned for fight news… pic.twitter.com/s08dE9BLhG
“We were talking with bareknuckle (BKFC), Bellator, PFL, some boxing conversations as well,” dos Santos told MMA Junkie in August. “I would love to do a boxing fight, but it’s hard to find heavyweights with enough courage to take a fight. These guys are just talking, but let’s see what’s gonna happen. I’m not in a rush.”
dos Santos (21-9) exited UFC on the heels of four consecutive losses to Ciryl Gane, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou — all via knockout within the first two rounds.
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