UFC Light Heavyweight fighter Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa has been the name on MMA fans’ lips since his vicious knockout in the main event of UFC London against Corey Anderson just weeks ago.
But another name is on Manuwa’s lips. Even though he has stated that he will “one hundred percent” get the winner of Daniel Cormier vs Rumble Johnson for the UFC Light Heavyweight belt, “Poster Boy” has his eyes set firmly on a boxing bout with decorated boxer David Haye.
Speaking exclusively to All Out Attack Sports at Cage Warriors 82, Manuwa stated that the fight is assuredly in the works and showcased his confidence about the bout:
“You called out David Haye after your win at UFC London, how close is that boxing match to becoming a reality?”
“He wants it, I want it, it’s just a case of the powers that be need to make it happen. It’s going to be a great fight for combat sports and we’ll what we can do in a boxing ring.”
“Can you knock him out?”
“One hundred percent I’ll knock him out. I knock everyone out. Anyone I put my hands on and connect clean with, they’re going asleep.”
Jimi was in attendance at the Liverpool Echo Arena for Cage Warriors 82 to cheer on training partner Frantz Slioa; who defeated British fighter Dean Trueman via rear-naked choke in the very first round. Headlining the event was Liverpool local hero Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett who was defending his title on home soil against Bristol’s Nad Narimani.
“Predictions for tonight’s main event?”
“I reckon Paddy Pimblett’s going to do the job I think. He’s defending and he’s got a loud crowd behind him, he’s a great fighter.”
Paddy Pimblett went on to lose his Cage Warriors Featherweight title in the main event to Nad Narimani by unanimous decision, subsequently prompting foul and emotional reactions from a volatile crowd as some viewers launched projectiles of beer, bottles and burgers.
Whether Jimi Manuwa fights for the UFC belt or makes the lucrative decision to fight in a boxing match against David Haye, you can expect the fight to be emphatic and electric; something that has become somewhat of a routine for Manuwa. He’s determined to knock his next opponent out ferociously, regardless the type of combat gloves…