Cris Cyborg plans to pursue career in boxing
By Joseph Correa | Editor-in-Chief
UFC women's featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino moved one step closer to pursuing her next athletic venture as she acquired a boxing license from the California State Athletic Commission. According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting, the CSAC has granted Cyborg with a boxing license and she plans to compete at Jr. Middleweight (154lbs).
In addition to her boxing license, Cyborg has also been granted a federal boxing ID from CSAC. By all accounts, she's serious about this.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 7, 2017
Cyborg trained with two-time Olympic gold medalist, and current unified super middleweight champion Claressa Shields and has expressed her interest to start a career in boxing.
Should Cyborg enter the world of boxing in the 154lb division, she will have the likes of Hanna Gabriels, Ewa Piatkowska, and Chris Namús waiting for her. The junior middleweight division was once home to Anne Wolfe, one of the most feared female fighters in the sport and will likely be a big challenge for Cyborg.
First things first; Cyborg will first fulfill her UFC contract which is set to expire in October and talks have been ongoing about a fight with former UFC featherweight champion Holly Holm.
It remains to be seen what will take place, but one has to think she will at least test the waters in boxing at some point. One thing is for sure when she makes the transition she will be welcomed with open arms.
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