Cris Cyborg to boxing?
Cris “Cyborg” Justino, like a lot of the combat sports world, is doing what she can to stay in shape while waiting out the pandemic that has put all of the sports on hold. One thing she has been doing is working on her boxing, so much so that she feels she can jump in a professional boxing match before she returns to MMA.
At least that’s what she recently told TMZ in a recent interview. “We’re thinking about it, we’re making a plan and training,” she said but nothing is certain as of yet. While she waits out the current situation, she will weight out her options and see what comes up as the situation improves. She said she has spoken with Scott Coker and her management and is weighing out “what’s best for me.”
Justino made her Bellator MMA debut at the beginning of the year when she defeated Julia Budd at Bellator 238 to become the new featherweight champion. Winning the title so early in the year in her debut would likely mean her next match in MMA would be against the number one contender in that division, which would be Arlene Blencowe. Taking a boxing match outside of MMA might put things on hold in the Bellator women’s featherweight division, but the sport is on hold anyway.
While she has options in MMA, boxing seems to be more of a bucket list item for Justino. “I like to challenge myself,” she said when asked about the future and added, “I’ve always competed in everything, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, MMA, Muay-Thai, but I never got the opportunity to fight in boxing.”
It’s a tough time for anyone that likes to compete, so maybe Justino will take the first thing she can do when the COVID-19 situation improves.