Gegard Mousasi wants to box

by Ariel Shnerer | source:

Gegard Mousasi Intends on Pursuing Boxing Career

Recently inked Strikeforce light heavyweight contender Gegard Mousasi has his sights set on a prospective professional boxing debut.

"I signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce and I want to box," said Mousasi. "I hope to be part of the Showtime boxing series, too."

Before taking any boxing bouts, the well-rounded Mousasi has his hands full with two mixed martial arts fights.

First, Mousasi challenges Renato "Babalu" Sobral for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title on Aug. 15 in San Jose, Calif.

And on Oct. 6, Mousasi heads to the "Land of the Rising Sun" to battle PRIDE Fighting Championships, UFC and Affliction veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the semifinals of DREAM's "Super Hulk" tournament.

If he prevails against the Team Quest product Sokoudjou, he will face the winner of Hong Man Choi vs. Ikuhisa Minowa in the finals. Mousasi is coming off a first-round destruction of heavyweight K-1 veteran Mark Hunt in the opening round.

Mousasi joins a list of MMA fighters expressing their desires to box in recent months, including Sokoudjou, Vitor Belfort and former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, who is coming off an embarrassing upset loss to 48-year-old boxer Ray Mercer in an MMA contest at "Adrenaline MMA 3" last month.

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PoundforPound site profile image  

7/28/09 5:51 PM by PoundforPound

It'll be a long while before we see any MMAer pull a reverse Ray Mercer.

Foos site profile image  

7/28/09 5:47 PM by Foos

Variety is the spice of life!

inf0 site profile image  

7/28/09 5:04 PM by inf0

Irule, exactly. Boxing isn't a sport you can just dabble in. If you do, you will get KTFO if you fight anyone who's a mid-level to top professional.

Oddessa site profile image  

7/28/09 5:04 PM by Oddessa

 and at cruiserweight Cunningham , Huck, Jones, Adameak and the majority of the Cruisers rounding out the top 30  would make Moussassi their bitch...they would embarrass him....with all due respect to his MMA credentials... 

Irule site profile image  

7/28/09 5:02 PM by Irule

I don't get these kinds of aspirations. If Mousasi wants to be a boxer, he should trian boxing full time. Just like if he wants to be a top MMA fighter, he should train full time for that. I think he has enough pure talent to be successful in either endeavor, but he needs to make a choice.

Oddessa site profile image  

7/28/09 5:02 PM by Oddessa

 why does everyone want to be something different?  money I suppose.. actors wanna be singers...singers wanna be athletes...athletes wanna be actors/singers.....lawyers wanna be gangsters...tshirt salesmen wanna be promotors... mma fighters wanna be boxers.... wtf...?

Mr. Malcolm site profile image  

7/28/09 4:59 PM by Mr. Malcolm

 I don't think he is hating, I think he is stating the obvious. Mousasi has a tough fight coming up and isn't a top striker in MMA, so for him to be be contemplating boxing is way pre-mature, IMO.

orcus site profile image  

7/28/09 4:58 PM by orcus

 He has to fight mma at 205 because he can't make 185...does he intend to box at HW?

wreckker site profile image  

7/28/09 4:54 PM by wreckker

 dont hate on a guy for challenging himself. Im sure he is training for baba

inf0 site profile image  

7/28/09 4:33 PM by inf0

He'll find out quick being a great striker in MMA won't carry him in boxing. Not only that, he should be worried about Babalu, not trying out another sport.