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Promoter: “99,9 percent probability” that Jose Aldo makes pro boxing debut in March

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Former UFC champion Jose Aldo might turn to boxing next year. Photo via Instagram (@josealdojunioroficial)

The founder of Hardcore FC, Anatoliy Sulyanov, recently claimed that legendary retired MMA fighter Jose Aldo will make his professional boxing debut in March 2023.

“On March 18th there will be a big Hardcore Boxing event in Dubai. I’m not going to tell you the names yet, but Jose Aldo and most likely even Sergey “Crusher” Kovalev will be on the card. Aldo will fight with 99,9 percent probability, we’re negotiating with Sergey now,” Sulyanov told Telecomasia.

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Jose Aldo retired from MMA in September

Former featherweight king Jose Aldo held the UFC/WEC title from November 2009 to December 2015, and defended the title nine times. In December 2019 he made his bantamweight debut against Marlon Moraes.

“The King of Rio” decided to hang up the gloves in September following a loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278.

“Boxing is a possibility,” the 36-year-old Aldo said after his retirement. “It was always a dream I had in my life, I never hid that from anyone. It was always a dream.”

“I’m trying to see the best path I’ll take right now. I won’t fight MMA, that’s for sure. I thank everybody calling me from other promotions, but I haven’t left the UFC, I remain under contract with them. I’ll see where I’ll fit.”

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