The prospect of a Katie Taylor vs. Cris Cyborg showdown has, on the surface at least, moved one step closer after Cyborg outlined that she is deep in talks to make her professional boxing debut in the coming months.
Cyborg, who has been a world champion in every MMA organisation she has represented, has been subject to several rumours linking her to a boxing match with P4P boxing great Taylor — some of which have been stoked by both Cyborg and Taylor’s team. The chances of that happening, you feel, would be boosted if Cyborg wasn’t entering the fight as a 0-0 fighter, and it looks as though she will get an opportunity to test her skills ahead of any potential matchup with the Irish icon.
“My team already received the contract, we’ve been back and forth working on the contract, I believe soon, we’ll finish and I’ll sign,” she said of her move to boxing to The Catch-Up, via MMA Fighting. “Then you guys are gonna know who and where is gonna be my next fight. I’m very excited to do my first fight in boxing. Very, very excited. It’s one of my dreams.”
Cyborg, soon to be a free agent, isn’t turning her back on mixed martial arts. In fact, she would like any move into boxing to come complete with the approval, and even assistance, of her Bellator boss Scott Coker.
“I’ve been talking to Scott Coker about boxing fights, we’ve talked about how being co-promoters would be really nice,” she said. “I really love working with Scott Coker and if we have the opportunity to make this fight happen and continue to be with Scott, that would be amazing, co-promote the event, and I think make the fight happen.”
And while a lot more has to be revealed when it comes to Cris Cyborg’s acumen in the boxing ring, it seems the appetite is certainly there. But whether or not this brings her to what would be a fascinating cross-code fight with Katie Taylor, well, that will remain to be seen.