Boxer Tony Bellew is happy to follow in Floyd Mayweather’s footsteps by stepping into the ring against UFC champion Michael Bisping.
Mayweather faces Conor McGregor in a mega-money Las Vegas showdown next week and it has sparked several similar proposals for cross-codes encounters.
UFC middleweight champion Bisping is due to face the returning Georges St-Pierre in the Octagon in November, but has confirmed he is “100 per cent” eager to face Bellew.
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And the former WBC cruiserweight champion – who beat David Haye back in March – would be happy to oblige, either in a boxing bout or mixed martial arts encounter.
“He’s saying he’d happily entertain me in a boxing ring, I’d be happy to do one of each,” Bellew said.
“We can start with the boxing – but I’m not too sure he’d want to come near me again once I’d hit him with a certain punch in the boxing world.
“It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest whether I am getting in a cage or a boxing ring.
“I couldn’t believe it – I’m still in shock. I’m absolutely amazed that Michael Bisping wants to get knocked out in a boxing ring.
“I’m not too sure if his next fight with Georges St-Pierre will go ahead – if not, I’m happy to do it and he’s clearly outlining that he’s happy to do it as well. I’ll speak to [promoter] Eddie Hearn, and we’ll see how it goes. I like it. Michael Bisping is quite a name within the UFC world in America, so why not?”