Henry Cejudo calls for boxing match against Ryan Garcia
Henry Cejudo maybe retired from the UFC, but it would appear that he’s not quitting on combat sports just yet.
Cejudo, the former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion, now wants to step inside the ring and give boxing a try. “Triple C” told TMZ that he wants to box WBC Silver lightweight champ Ryan Garcia in Saudi Arabia, where the Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. rematch took place.
“I think I’ve done everything in MMA, Olympic champ, flyweight champ, bantamweight champ, I’ve defended both of my titles,” Cejudo told TMZ. “I think the only one I want to do it is to make Ryan Garcia bend the knee.
“I really don’t think he’s that good. I really don’t. I think with a proper team, the right game plan, I believe I could make him bend the knee in front of Oscar De La Hoya. I feel like I have the tools, the power, the strength, the experience, and we wanna make this happen, potentially in Saudi Arabia so we got the money guy. We got the money guy that’s willing to pay both of us. It’s just up to ‘Randy Candy’ Garcia to sign that contract.”
Garcia, 21, is unbeaten in his professional boxing career, posting a 20-0 record with 17 wins coming by knockout. His last two opponents haven’t made it out of the first round. Prior to turning pro in 2016, Garcia piled up an impressive amateur record of 215-15. He began boxing at age seven.
Cejudo, 33, won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling in 2008. He just retired from the UFC last month at UFC 249 following his bantamweight title defense over Dominick Cruz. Following his retirement, the UFC removed his name from the rankings system. Longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo will fight Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title.