The news from Mousasi comes on the heels of the previous announcement that the bout between himself and Renato “Babalu” Sobral that had been scrapped from “Affliction Trilogy” had been salvaged for the “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” card on August 15.
“I signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce and I want to box,” Mousasi was quoted as saying in a recent conversation with Ariel Shnerer from The Fight Network. “I hope to be part of the Showtime boxing series, too.”
Mousasi kicking off his boxing career on Showtime would make perfect sense being that the MMA promotion he is currently signed to also has television deal with the popular cable company.
The dangerous Dutch-Armenian mixed martial artist competing in professional boxing is not that far of a stretch considering his first round TKO destruction over the much more experienced striker Musashi in a kickboxing bout held on New Years Eve of 2008. Musashi had fought well over 80 professional kickboxing bouts before he was completely embarrassed by Mousasi in Japan.
However, before Gegard will be boxing anyone he has some unfinished business to take care of in the form of two, or more possibly three MMA bouts. Mousasi will first face off with Babalu at the Strikeforce event in August before he heads to Japan to face off with Sokoudjou in the DREAM Super Hulk Tournament semifinals. If he wins that bout he will compete in the finals that same evening against either Hong Man Choi or Ikuhisa Minowa.