At the UFC 264 press conference, Greg Hardy told journalists that he plans to make the switch to boxing in the near future, and wants to fight all of the sports biggest names including Deontay Wilder.
When asked about his previous comments on ‘eyeing’ a move to professional boxing, Hardy responded: “First of all, we’re not eyeing anything, we’re going to boxing. Hopefully the big man is going to help me do it, and maybe I get to knockout a Shawne Merriman or Ochocinco, one of those fake heavyweights that don’t really want to play this game with me. But it’s very serious, just like in this league I’m coming for Deontay Wilder, did you see that video of him lifting weights? Oh my God, that guy can beat me? And he can’t take me down? Ok. I’m coming for all of them bro. This league, that league and I don’t want to choose. If I could fight Volkov and then go fight the ‘Bronze Bomber’ and then come back and fight Cyril and come back and fight fat, fat, fat, fat, fat Lewis, I’d do it, I am going to do it”.
These comments come after Greg Hardy told the press back in December 2020, that he was planning on going over to boxing to knock out Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
“After I get done shutting this down, handling my MMA business, I want to venture into the boxing realm,” Hardy told reporters at the UFC Fight Night 183 virtual media day. “I’m trying to holler at Dana. Hopefully we can get some fights in the Zuffa Boxing world, Top Rank, Al Haymon – somebody come holler at this dude because I definitely want to go over there and knock out ‘The Gypsy King,’ make light work of that English cat, I don’t even remember his name, Joshua, or whatever it is, ‘Cry-baby Bomber.’ We’ll knock all those guys out, man. Of course you know I’m going to work for it. It’s an aspiration I think will come true real fast, and I can’t wait for it.”
Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC MMA) is set to face Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa this Saturday on the stacked UFC 264 card, headlined by Conor McGregor- Dustin Poirier 3. This fight marks Greg’s ninth outing for the company since making his UFC debut in September 2019, a run that hasn’t been the smoothest for Hardy so far.
After losing his promotional debut via disqualification due to an illegal knee landed on his opponent Allen Crowder, he had his decision victory over Ben Sosoli overturned to a no contest for using an inhaler on the stool. Between these events, Hardy would defeat Dmitry Smolyakov and Juan Adams. Later, going on to impress fans with a valiant showing against top ten heavyweight Alexander Volkov, in his first fight back since the Sosoli no contest. Wins over Yorgan De Castro and Maurice Greene followed, before a TKO loss to Marcin Tybura in his last outing.
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