Michael ‘Venom’ Page will finally get his first shot at a world title when he takes on Logan Storley at Bellator 281 in London this Friday.
The always-entertaining knockout artist is confident he will clinch the interim welterweight title at the SSE Wembley Arena before exploring crossover fights in boxing.
‘MVP’ hasn’t fought in the squared circle since 2018 after picking up back-to-back knockout wins in his two pro fights. He thinks the time has come to make his long-awaited return to boxing.
“As soon as that fight is over, that’s something we’ll be looking at and there’s a lot more potential since I was also boxing to get those fights going. It’s something I really watch,” Page told talkSPORT.
In the four years since he last boxed, the sport has undergone a huge transition, largely due to the influx of celebrities such as Logan and Jake Paul, who have certainly mixed things up lately.
MMA fighters getting into boxing are more common than ever and right now one of the UFC’s biggest stars, Francis Ngannou, is winding down his contract ahead of a hybrid fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Page thinks crossover fights will always be an option for UFC fighters until they are paid properly.
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“It’s a plus as long as the UFC continues to underpay their fighters,” he said. “As long as they start paying their fighters, I don’t think they would even consider those types of fights .
“Every champion wants to win. They’re not going to put themselves in a position where they’re deliberately the underdog. The only reason you know these guys do it is because they complain about their pay.
If a fight between Fury and Ngannou takes place, ‘MVP’ backs his fellow Englishman to emerge victorious, even if he has to walk through fire to do so.
“I just feel like Fury has the ability to rise from the dead. I don’t understand how, but we saw it with the (Deontay) Wilder fight,” Page said.
“I really feel like even if Ngannou knocks him down or cuts him down, he’s just too good. I don’t think Ngannou in terms of fitness, just boxing, has the muscular endurance or the technical aspect .
“Fury is a great, great heavyweight champion.”