Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is open to facing Stipe Miocic in a boxing ring following the UFC heavyweight champion's pronouncement that he would be interested in fighting the Gypsy King.
"Tyson Fury is coming in the mix now, I hear," Miocic told Ariel Helwani on his MMA Show. "I like a new challenge. I'd love to box him. He's a great fighter. He's a good dude, and I think we'd put on a good show."
Now, Fury has responded via his management company MTK Global, saying he would be open to the idea once he has fought Deontay Wilder in their February rematch:
"Stipe says he wants to box me -- that would be a good fight for sure. After I get Wilder out of the way, I'll fight Stipe in a boxing match if he wants it. It would be a big crossover fight like Mayweather and McGregor. I'm open to that fight, so he should come and see me. It would be the same outcome for any of them. They'll all get smashed."
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather faced off back in 2017 in one of the most hyped boxing events of all time. The fight became the second-largest grossing event in combat sports history, only just falling short of Mayweather’s match-up with Manny Pacquiao.
It grossed $600m in revenue and $4.3m in pay-per-view sales, and although it is unlikely that the Fury/Miocic crossover will generate anywhere near that amount it is still thought to be a lucrative option for both fighters.
Fury is still scheduled to settle his score with Wilder on February 22nd, although that date is still to be officially confirmed. Most recently we have seen the Brit try his hand at wrestling in the WWE, where he beat Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia and scooped a cool £12m in the process.
He has already hinted at a return to the WWE at WrestleMania XXXVI in April, and with all of these potential fights on the horizon we could see an awful lot of Fury in 2020.