In past interviews, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (22-1 in MMA) discussed the idea of taking part in boxing.
The 31-year-old MMA fighter was a major force from the moment he entered the pro ranks in April of 2008. There are many who regard Jones as one of the greatest fighters ever of his respective sport.
Fighting for the first time since July of 2017, Jones is coming back on December 29th when he faces Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch at UFC 232 in Las Vegas.
Regarding a potential jump in the boxing ring, Jones believes that he would require at least two years of dedicated training - which he feels would prepare him to face the top names.
“When I started doing MMA, I found myself in the UFC about nine months after my first practice - so I’m aware that I have a mind for fighting. I have a lot of faith and confidence in myself," Jones said to the JacksonWink podcast.
“I believe that if I were to hire the right people to be around me, that’s maybe four boxing coaches..... that’s what the guys at the highest levels [have in place]. [I would] hire guys to come in here and we spend two years focusing on boxing and only boxing. I believe I’d be able to compete with the best in the world.”
Jones had previously mentioned the idea of facing IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) - but he realizes that the Olympic gold medal winner would have a significant advantage if they met in the ring.
“I would imagine he would have the upper hand big time,” Jones said of Joshua. “He’s spent so much time throwing hands and that’s his passion.”