The fighter most excited by the recent alliance between Affliction Entertainment and Golden Boy Promotions is Vitor Belfort. Belfort made it clear that he wants to take up boxing in the very near future.
“I want to fight boxing – professional,” Belfort said, “I hope Golden Boy can make that happen.”
To this point, Belfort has not signed with Golden Boy or any other boxing promotion. He made it clear that this is the first official declaration of his intentions.
“I just made the first announcement today that I am interested,” Belfort said, “I am just going see who the person is that I need to negotiate with – now is the time with Golden Boy involved”
Recently, a few other top level fighters have expressed interest in crossing over into boxing – notably Andrei Arlovski and Anderson Silva. Arlovski was rumored to to be making his professional boxing debut on the undercard of the September 2008 Golden Boy show. For the time being, Arlovski has put those thoughts on the backburner.
“I am only focused on the fight with Fedor Emelianenko. I am not thinking about that right now,” said Arlovski.
Like Arlovski, Belfort has been known as one of the most feared strikers in the MMA world. Belfort believes he could make the transition easily.
“I always wanted to get involved with boxing,” said Belfort, “I am very interested. Why not? It’s very exciting.”