Anthony Petts He is still reeling from his performance last weekend.
Saturday, Pets He won the majority decision Above Roy Jones Jr. in Gambrid Boxing’s Main Event 4. Although Jones is significantly older than Pettis, he is still one of the greatest boxers. So, just a few days removed from his stunning victory, “Showtime” is riding on its shocking fury.
“It’s crazy,” Pettis said on Monday MMA time. “Even the next day, I woke up, like, did that really happen? It’s Roy Jones. I grew up watching this guy. What he has done in his career is so amazing that it’s crazy to even say it out loud. It’s crazy.
“I knew I was going to try boxing before I ended my fighting career, and the opportunity presented itself,” Pettis continued. “It was a top weight class. At the time, I was pulling up to make welterweight, and when the opportunity came up, I was like, ‘I’m not going to fight a big guy, I think I can do it.’ Very good with a game plan.’ My coach, George Capitello, gave me a good game plan. He was like: ‘We’re not going to get this guy out. He fought Mike Tyson.’ So we just kind of showed him, tried to keep him on his heels, because he’s dangerous going forward. We had a good, solid game plan.
The win was important for Pettis, who has struggled in recent years. After opting out of the UFC to test free agency in 2021 and work on building his other businesses, Pettis eventually signed with the PFL, and things didn’t go well. Pettis failed to make the 2021 lightweight playoffs, and lost in the 2022 lightweight semifinals. Overall, Pettis is 1-4 in the PFL, but now with this win, other avenues may open up for the former UFC lightweight champion.
“I can’t believe it turned out that way,” Pettis said. “Boxing was not part of the plan. I focused on building the wrestling event, the management company, from the ground up. Seeing where that is now, looking at the level of men I’m attracted to, it’s good to see it grow. Back then, boxing was an opportunity you couldn’t refuse. I wanted a fight and then they gave me Roy Jones Jr. You can’t say no to that.
“Going out there and having the performance that I did, I think it opens the door to that world as well. I always knew I could box, and the next guy I’m going to fight, I’m sure, is going to be a younger guy, a more up-to-date guy. Who knows who it is, but everybody wants to see them. They’re like, ‘He fought a 54-year-old man. It was still Roy Jones Jr. I’m a 1-0 professional boxer. It’s crazy. It’s a bucket list item.”
Pettis has said he will not compete in the 2023 PFL season, but he is interested in making a welterweight fight later in the year for his announcement. As one of the biggest names in the sport, there is no shortage of “show time” opponents.
Until then, Pettis looks forward to continuing to try his hand at the sweet science, for Gamebred Boxing or anyone else interested in his services.
“I’ll definitely have another boxing match,” Pettis said. “Now, I plan to fight MMM for PFL again, more at the end of the year. I’m not sure when they’ll do their pay-per-view card, but I’ll try to see what opportunities arise. Now I’m open to doing both.”
“I think boxing will be first,” he added. “It looks like MMA is going to be the end of the year. We’ll see what happens. Hopefully the numbers will come back and they were good. But it could be for gambred or whatever is out there.