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Valentina Shevchenko has no interest in a boxing crossover: “It’s a bit degraded for me”

Count UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko as an MMA fighter no desire to cross over for a big payday in boxing.

Since Conor McGregor booked a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017, there have been dozens of fighters looking to do the same. For some, it’s just about the competition. For others, it is about money. But for the past six months, UFC veterans like Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren have participated in professional boxing matches.

Many others have shown an interest in boxing, but Shevchenko explains that he has already been there and done it and has no desire to do it again.

«I don’t see a reason why I have to. I have like 12 professional boxing fights and I did it. I know exactly how you feel.

High-profile fights involving MMA fighters have recently swirled around matchups against Jake Paul, But a recent Triller Fight Club card was headlined by Belfort taking on Evander Holyfield, who was 58 and fighting for the first time in more than a decade.

There have been no cross-female fights, which would apparently open the door for a legitimate forward like Shevchenko to test the waters. She just isn’t interested. Shevchenko believes that he is showcasing the best of martial arts by competing in the UFC right now.

Returning to boxing would mean Shevchenko has to give up more weapons to throw himself into a fight. and that doesn’t really appeal to him very much.

«For me, being a UFC champion, fighting in mixed martial arts, the universal style, when technique is everything. It’s like you really know all kinds of martial arts. You are a perfect boxer, you are a perfect muay thai fighter, kickboxer, you are a perfect fighter, fighter. You are everything. Everything in martial arts ».

«It’s like going to boxing, you can, why not, but for me it’s a little less«.

As for her current wrestling career, Shevchenko will return to action next weekend at UFC 266 when she faces Lauren Murphy with the flyweight belt at stake as she seeks her sixth straight title defense.

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