Former UFC bantamweight champion and 16 times three weight boxing world champion Holly Holm has recently spoken to MMAFighting about a possible return to the boxing world.
Holm, herself, is a women’s boxing Hall of Famer. She was ranked as the number one pound-for-pound female on the planet at the time of her boxing retirement. Holm has said she only has eyes on one woman for a possible resurrection of her original combat career. That one woman is Katie Taylor.
Holly Holm Interview
Speaking on TheMMAHour about Taylor vs Serrano, Holm said:
“I’ll tell you what, they got out there and they knew that a lot of people were watching.“
“They knew they had this big opportunity, being the main event at Madison Square Garden, and they showed up to fight”
Holly Holm enjoyed the bout and, due to her non-egocentric nature, had no problems raving about how great the two competitors were.
“It’s always inspiring to watch the hard work these women put in and they go in there and they fight with a passion too. It was a fun fight to watch. Definitely a close fight, which is good”.
While there have been many takes on the outcome of the bout, “The Preachers Daughter” thinks the fight was nearly even.
“I wouldn’t have argued it either way. If it would have said split decision to Taylor or split decision to Serrano, I just feel like it was a close fight. A lot of times it depends on which eyes are watching it. Who is pushing forward, who is landing shots, how many compared to how many are power? There are a lot of ways to look at a fight like that. There was a lot going on”.
Holly Holm vs Katie Taylor?
Holm has loved watching Taylor and Serrano break records and make history, something she is no stranger to. In boxing, she has been in 3 different halls of fame, a two time Ring magazine and WBF fighter of the year. In the MMA world, she became world champion by beating the then unbeatable Ronda Rousey in a triumphant fashion. Beating names like Chrissy Martin on her way to boxing glory, Holm had only one unavenged defeat in her 10th fight back in 2004.
With Katie Taylor’s manager Eddie Hearn recently mentioning Holm as a candidate for Taylor’s next fight, Holm had a few ideas about the match-up.
Holm Wants to Test Boxing at 135
“We had talked, Taylor and myself before I wound up going to MMA. We had talked about a possible fight there,” Holm said. “I always want to do something that hasn’t been done”.
Holm continued: “I always get super intrigued by things, and I fought at three weight divisions“.
“‘40, ‘47, and ‘54. never got to fight in ‘35. But I’ve done most of my MMA career at ‘35, and that’s what their fight was at. So it makes me like, ‘I want to go back in and show what I can do at a whole different weight class“.
“I never even fought at that weight class when I was in boxing. I think I’m bigger and stronger than a lot of the 135ers, and I still have conditioning and I still have a lot of that ring experience behind me.”
Although still an active MMA participant, it is easy to see that Holly Holm could be swayed in the direction of the squared circle in the near future.
Holm on Facing Taylor
“To the point where, before, I was like, ‘I’ll never box again,’ and I’m not saying that. There’s been a lot of people that have been able to transition back and forth.
“Nobody’s really been able to do it successfully, and that drives me. I want to show people I was able to come to MMA from boxing but I can also go back. It does get me excited.”
One of the most interesting things that Holm talked about was her fighting at a much lower weight in boxing. Just how much stronger would she be?
Would you get excited for a super fight between two of the best to ever do it?