White: Zuffa Boxing Won’t Work With Sanctioning Bodies
For nearly a year, Dana White has been teasing the idea of launching his own boxing promotion, Zuffa boxing, under the umbrella of the UFC.
And while nothing concrete has come out yet about the new project, White has already been linked to Mikey Garcia as the first potential signing, and it may be getting closer to reality.
And while White may be looking at some of the bigger names in boxing, he seems uninterested in working with any of the established sanctioning bodies, and instead create “a new league that it will own and control.”
“We will not work with the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, and WBO organizations,” White said to the Australian Financial Review.
With no real elaboration of how that will work, especially with champions and rankings, that may create problems in signing fighters and/or working with other promoters. Which may not be a problem for White, as he vowed to not work with Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank, and the cable network Showtime, because of feuds he has with Oscar De La Hoya, Bob Arum, and Stephen Espinoza, respectively.
White claims there is interest from numerous boxers already, even with many of these logistical questions unkown.
”The interest is definitely there – all the fighters have reached out, other promoters have contacted us and everybody’s keen,” White said.
“The question is how I make it work with bandwidth maxed out right now running the UFC’s business.”
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