UFC president Dana White recently revealed that the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization will be venturing into boxing in the near future. This follows the success of August’s Mayweather vs. McGregor fight.
There are many members of the UFC roster who are being tipped to compete in boxing, however former multiple-time world boxing champion, Holly Holm, won’t be one of them.
“I am done boxing,” said Holly during a recent media scrum. “I don’t have the passion for it any more, and it hasn’t come back to me. Maybe that’s because I’m still fighting, so I don’t feel like I ever really retired.”
Prior to transitioning full time to MMA, Holm earned a 33-2-3 professional record in boxing while winning multiple titles, including leaving the sport as the IBA, WBA, and WBF female light welterweight champion. “The Preacher’s Daughter” had her last professional boxing fight back in March of 2013, picking up a unanimous decision win over Mary McGee
“I didn’t know how I would feel when that fight was over, with a win if I’d be excited and want to do it again,” Holm said. “With a loss, I’d probably want to do it again, because I wouldn’t want to end like that. When the fight was over, it was beautiful. It was in my hometown and they brought a beautiful bouquet, and I’m standing there, everything was a beautiful moment thinking, ‘I can’t wait to take my boxing shoes off.’”
“And, that’s it. I keep thinking, am I going to ache for it again? And I don’t. And it’s not because I don’t love boxing. I did, obviously. I did it for 10 years professionally. It’s just my new motivation is this new career I’ve been on. So I have no desire to go back to boxing.”
Holm (11-3-0) moves up to featherweight on December 30 to battle Cris Cyborg for the UFC 145-pound title in the UFC 219 headliner.
UFC 219 takes place on December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.