Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is confident he could take on the world of boxing with just two years of training. Now UFC veteran Chael Sonnen has come forward to back up the former champion’s claim.
Speaking on the JW Raw with M&M podcast, Jon Jones first revealed that he believes he can be a professional level boxer within two years of training.
“When I started doing MMA, I found myself in the UFC about nine months after my first practice, so I’m aware that I have a mind for fighting. I have a lot of faith and confidence in myself. I believe that if I were to hire the right people to be around me, that’s maybe four boxing coaches. That’s what the guys at the highest levels (have). Hire guys to come in here, and we spend two years focusing on boxing and only boxing. I believe I’d be able to compete with the best in the world.”
As seen within the video above, Chael Sonnen has since come forward to reveal that he believes Jon Jones would be successful within the sport if he applied himself.
“Some guys are winners, and some guys aren’t. That is just a reality. And it does not come down to hard word and dedication and discipline and focus and experience. Sometimes it just doesn’t. Sometimes you just have a winner. Jon Jones’ highest level that he ever reached in wrestling was the national junior college championships. And guess what? He won it. The highest level that he ever put himself into in mixed martial arts was a light heavyweight championship fight. And guess what? He won it.
“Some guys are just winners, like it or not. I do not think that Jon Jones is the world’s greatest boxer. I just don’t know that I’m sure that any boxer in the world can beat him.”