Zuffa Boxing seems to be over earlier than ever having an opportunity to get off the floor.
Dana White has as soon as once again made the media rounds to play down previous boasts of coming into rescue boxing. The longtime president of most advantageous fighting Championship (UFC) mentioned right through a fresh interview with The sports network’s Aaron Bronsteter the extreme unlikelihood of his yet-to-launch boxing business making inroads within the near future.
“Yeah, I’m now not doing anything [in boxing] any time quickly,” White admitted.
The polarizing determine has long discussed his plans to branch off into boxing, together with his name linked to several rumors over the last couple of years. The newest suggested his enterprise’s involvement in an all-feminine boxing card which might have taken region this weekend, with pound-for-pound entrants Claressa Shields and Amanda Serrano both to have participated in separate bouts on a planned December eleven exhibit in Las Vegas.
the continued coronavirus pandemic became blamed for the demonstrate not ever seeing the light of day, despite the fact the remember reduce an awful lot deeper. Few if any of these issues needed to do with Zuffa Boxing, however White denies any official involvement in that or any other show beyond exploratory phase.
“by no means did I say that i was doing anything else but I’ve been looking and kicking the tires of boxing for the remaining couple of years,” White admitted. “The cause you’ve in no way considered me do anything else is as a result of that’s how screwed up and broken it’s. That’s what a large number it’s.
“It’s gonna require so a great deal time, cash, and the entire thing needs to be rebuilt and restructured. There’s at all times gonna be fights that’ll pop up that’ll make money, you comprehend, but should you’re in a circumstance the place, you recognize, this [Floyd] Mayweather [exhibition fight versus Logan Paul next February] does greater buys than [Tyson] Fury versus [Deontay] Wilder or, you recognize, some of these legit huge fights, it’s relatively horrifying.”
UFC has been among the many few operations to have run during the continuing coronavirus pandemic with minimal interruption. The enterprise changed into unable to push through with a card in April that was to have featured unbeaten pound-for-pound star Khabib Nurmagomedov but has otherwise now not neglected a beat considering the fact that returning full throttle on can also 9 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Efforts to launch Zuffa Boxing, despite the fact, have proven far more difficult.
The enterprise became shaped in November 2017, shortly after White’s involvement within the widely a hit pay-per-view challenge between Floyd Mayweather and UFC’s Conor McGregor, who became making his boxing debut in August 2017. Mayweather—one of the surest boxers in historical past—received through tenth circular knockout atop the 2d maximum grossing event in combat sports background.
soon thereafter, White advised the la instances that he was “one hundred percent getting into boxing.” He persevered to tease the media for the better part of the subsequent two years, even surroundings apart office area in his Las Vegas headquarters, handiest to under no circumstances fill it up with any boxing activity and even any boxers at all.
“i glanced below the hood plenty there for the closing yr,” White in the past advised BT sport of his nevertheless favored plan to enter the activity, although finally knowing the uphill battle. “looked at different things and i said, ‘I don’t comprehend man, I don’t be aware of if here’s fixable.’
“funny ample, seeing that the pandemic I’ve been taking a look at other alternatives too. And we’ll doubtless have whatever thing to announce here soon. When it’s time, I’ll can help you comprehend, I’m not competent yet.”
in all probability 2021 should be the 12 months once we finally see some undertaking come out of the conflict room—or the yr when the dream dies for first rate.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox