UFC star Jimi Manuwa, says talks have already started with David Haye.
Jimi Manuwa has called out David Haye after he lost to Tony Bellew. The former world heavyweight boxing champion who is interested in making a return is interested in fighting UFC star Jimi Manuwa after KO’ing Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107.
In his post-fight interview, Jimi Manuwa said: “David Haye, let’s this.”
Manuwa 38, laying down of the gauntlet to Haye, who is currently licking the wounds he suffered in his recent loss to Tony Bellew, shocked both the mixed martial arts and boxing worlds.
Surprisingly the former world heavyweight boxing champion doesn’t plan on ending his career on a sour note and has revealed he’s more than interested in fighting Manuwa.
“The answer is a resounding yes,” the 36-year-old said during an Instagram Q&A session when asked if he’s willing to lock horns with Manuwa.
“I was very impressed with his quick knockout the other night at the O2 Arena.
“If any of the mixed martial artists can convert over to be a successful boxer he has definitely got the body shape and style to do so.”
The former world heavyweight boxing champion also revealed that Jimi Manuwa’s management have already made moves to make the fight happen.
“We have heard from Manuwa’s management and UFC so it is something that we are looking at at the moment,” he added.
“Obviously it is a little way off being confirmed.
“But it is a fight that would unify a lot of the fans from both UFC and boxing and make a mega event.”
Jimi Manuwa is keen for the bout to take place on the undercard of Conor McGregor’s proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr, which seems to be inching closer and closer to coming to fruition.
“Nah, there’s no issue. But I think it’d be a great fight. Conor McGregor wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, why not put me against David Haye (on the same card),” he told Ariel Helwani during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
“David Haye lost to Tony Bellew, he’s just got injured. I think it we would make a great fight, in boxing.
“I’ll come to his world, we’ll do boxing. We’re two big names in London, as well and everything, and I think, ‘Why not?’”