Anthony Pettis Says Transition To Boxing Will Happen Before His Career Is Over

PFL fighter Anthony Pettis says he will definitely be transitioning over to boxing before his career is over.

Anthony Pettis
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Anthony Pettis is certain that he will have his time in the boxing ring before his fighting career is up.

Anthony Pettis has had a long career in MMA so far. At just 35 years old he has had nearly 40 professional MMA fights under his belt. Pettis is a former UFC champion, and although his career has taken a bit of a downward turn he is still competing against the best and has plans for his future. 

After nine years with the UFC and dominating the lightweight division. Pettis signed a deal with PFL. He has now had five fights in that organization, but only one win. Pettis’ nickname is “Showtime” and he has proved it to be fitting throughout the years. He was known for his flashy style and highlight reel kicks, as he gets older less of that pizazz is coming out and it could be nearing the time for a career shift. Pettis knows this and is already planning a transition to boxing. 

Anthony Pettis assures fans that they will see him in the boxing ring before his time is up

Pettis sat down for a chat with Inside Fighting about his career and the news that Jake Paul had signed on with PFL. Pettis was one of the first to offer to face Paul in MMA but now explains that he would be open to boxing as well. 

“Officially I will box before my career is over,” he said. ” I still got some stuff I want to do in MMA but I will box before my career is over. Definitely stepping in the boxing ring. I’ve been training, my trainer out here, Jorge Capetillo, man, he’s a great coach out here in Las Vegas. I’ve been working with him for almost three years now. Transitioning straight into boxing but obviously, I love MMA and kicking is my background and, you know, so like the offer of doing boxing first and MMA second, hell yes. I would love that.”

Pettis is referring to the offer that Paul made to Nate Diaz that they can box first and then six months later fight inside the PFL cage. Pettis feels that both options favor him and he offered up his services to Paul. He explained why he believes he would fair better than the other MMA champions Paul has faced in the squared circle. 

“I’ve been boxing professional boxers way back when I was a champion, like 2015. I’ve actually sparred against professional boxers and not talking sh-t but guys like Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, they come from a wrestling background where they’re transitioning to boxing was brand new, like yeah, they’re strikers and they’re knocking guys out in MMA, but they don’t know the science of how to do an eight-round fight, a five rounds fight, they’ve never been in there and felt how it feels to stick to the science of boxing.”

Pettis has offered himself to Paul, but there has been no response. Now that they are both signed to PFL, there is a chance that they may meet inside the cage. For now, it seems that Paul will be waiting for Diaz. 

Published on January 7, 2023 at 11:12 am
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