Jones believes that with two year of boxing training, it would be possible for him to compete with the best the sport has to offer.
“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,” Jones said on JW Raw. “I have a lot of faith and confidence in myself. 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]. 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.”
The former light heavyweight champion has no amateur/pro boxing experience to speak of, but has fought a total of twenty four times as a professional MMA fighter.
Anthony Joshua is widely considered to be one of the best boxers around at the moment and Jones feels that he would be on the losing end in that fantasy match up.
“I would imagine he would have the upper hand big time,” Jones said. “He’s spent so much time throwing hands and that’s his passion.”
UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, December 29 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.