Manuwa eyes boxing bout against Haye

UFC light heavyweight hopeful Jimi Manuwa has confirmed he is in talks over a boxing bout against ex-world champion David Haye.

Manuwa faces Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214 this weekend, with the winner expected to be next in line for whoever triumphs in the title match between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

However, Manuwa has got more than just the UFC on his mind, with the 37-year-old following the example of Conor McGregor and looking to step into the boxing ring.

The Londoner has held talks with Haye over a bout, once the latter has recovered from ankle surgery.

“I'm looking forward to that and I'm confident that the fight would happen,” said Manuwa.

“It would be a couple of steps down from [Mayweather-McGregor] but it would be massive. Another cross-codes MMA, boxing fight.

“We've discussed when Haye is ready and when he gets his injury sorted. Then we'll fight. Until then, I'll keep fighting in UFC.

“There is definitely something to it. We've talked and like the look of it, and we'll try to work it out.”