Cris Cyborg plans to pursue career in boxing

Cris Cyborg plans to pursue career in boxing

By Joseph Correa | Editor-in-Chief

Publsihed 9/7/2017


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). 

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 GabrielsEwa 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. 

 


Feature Photo: Eraldo Peres/Associated Press

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