As the boxing and MMA worlds prepare for a blockbuster Pay-Per-View event this summer, talk has also turned to what could be a cross-codes undercard to accompany the Mayweather v McGregor extravaganza.
Ex-pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr. has already thrown his hat into the ring to face Anderson Silva on the Las Vegas bill, so WBN has decided to pick out four fantasy bouts that fall into the same category as making any Mayweather v McGregor fight a reality.
Heavyweight – Tyson Fury v Brock Lesnar
Due to the sheer bulk involved in facing someone like Lesnar (265-280 pounds), Fury is one of only a handful of top-rated heavyweight boxers that could match his weight.
The Briton, who has expressed an interest in fighting in MMA before, is looking for a return to action this summer. So, if Lesnar fancied coming out of UFC retirement and ditching the WWE, what a match-up this could be.
Cruiserweight / Light-heavyweight – Oleksandr Usyk v Daniel Cormier
Both hovering around 200 pounds, Usyk v Cormier would be a potential slugfest as both men possess damaging power.
Usyk has proven to be a master boxer though and Cormier would probably seek some sort of middle ground in order to share a ring – or indeed an octagon, with the highly talented Ukrainian world champion.
Middleweight – Gennady Golovkin v Michael Bisping
Golovkin is currently rated as a top star and possibly the biggest puncher in the world at his chosen profession, so many would certainly believe ‘GGG’ has way too much for Bisping under Queensberry Rules. Bisping is a hard-hitter in his own right though and would be a closer bet with bookmakers in an octagon stand-off with the Kazakh.
Women’s Welterweight / Bantamweight – Cecilia Braekhus v Holly Holm
Braekhus is the current, reigning and undisputed women’s welterweight champion, and as Holm is a skilled boxer of vast experience, pitting the two together would be a solid spectacle for the fans following the latter’s famous win over Ronda Rousey.
Should Mayweather v McGregor finally make it over the line, it will certainly be interesting to see which fights do make the PPV undercard announcement.