Anthony Joshua will transcend the fighting world if he joins the UFC.
It was reported by the Telegraph this week that Joshua is the subject of a sensational offer from the UFC that could see him earn $500 million.
The deal would be €50m per fight, which is roughly £35m. When you consider Joshua made £15m for his fight against Wladimir Klitschko last year, it’s easy to see why he would be tempted.
UFC president Dana White will attend the Londoner’s fight against Joseph Parker in Cardiff next week and he plans to meet with AJ and his team.
Last August, Joshua paved the way for a deal with the UFC to be struck when he said: “I like fighting, I’d do whatever.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has reacted to the report by raising an interesting point about what it means for the UFC and one of their top stars, Conor McGregor.
“I would say he can be successful in boxing, definitely,” Hearn told SecondsOut about White’s plans to move into boxing. “He’s a very good operator. He understands combat sports. He has a big platform himself, a personal platform. He will have some money behind him."
Hearn: The Joshua offer will impact Conor McGregor
Hearn added: “But everything is built on the fighters you have and the broadcasters you have, and the UFC, it’s no secret, are really struggling right now in terms of their broadcast deal because they don’t have the stars.
“Where’s Conor McGregor? Conor McGregor is the guy that’s going to turn the key.
“This article coming out is probably the worst news for UFC’s negotiations for Conor McGregor.
“Conor McGregor probably looks at it and goes, 'Oh yeah, what’s it, €500 million over 10 fights? What are you going to give me?'
Hearn is eager to meet White
“I think that they’re looking for some noise and part of this is probably a plant article but anything is possible.”
Hearn also admitted that he is keen to discuss any plans White has for Joshua.
“I would love to sit down with Dana White,” Hearn continued. “If he wants to talk to AJ he’ll talk to me, and as AJ said last night, he’s happy for me to sit down with him and see what he’s got to say.
“What Anthony loves more than anything is control. He makes his own decisions. Who he fights. What he wears. What sponsors he has. What venue it’s in. What broadcaster it’s with.
“We see Anthony Joshua working with us for the rest of his career.”
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