Greg Hardy will be transitioning to boxing.
On Sunday, Black Sheep Promotions took to Instagram to announce that Hardy will make his pro boxing debut on their October 8 card in Delray Beach, Florida. His opponent has not been announced as of yet, while the number of rounds he will box is also to be determined.
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Hardy going to boxing should not be a surprise as he has talked about it for years now. Prior to his UFC 272 fight, he had said he wanted to go into boxing and believes he would be able to beat Anthony Joshua and eventually wanted to box Tyson Fury. However, before he can even get those fights he will need to strong together several wins and look impressive doing so. But, he is a big name given his NFL and UFC background so he could be rushed up the ranks.
“After this fight, I’m definitely [going to] try to pursue some boxing,” Hardy said before UFC 272. “But still doing MMA because that gold is in my mind and in my heart. I’m not ready for Tyson Fury yet, but Anthony Joshua – I would love to get in there and slap them boys up.”
Greg Hardy (7-5 and one No Contest) is on a three-fight losing streak and was released from the UFC after suffering a first-round TKO loss to Serghei Spivac at UFC 272. Prior to that, he was knocked out by Tai Tuivasa in the first round of UFC 264, while the losing streak started with a second-round TKO loss to Marcin Tybura.
The former NFL Pro Bowler earned his way into the UFC after scoring a TKO win over Austen Lane on the Contender Series in his pro debut. He then had to go back on DWCS and knocked out Tebaris Gordon. In the UFC, he went 4-5 and one No Contest with wins over Maurice Greene, Yorgan de Castro, and Juan Adams among others.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime