Manuwa produced yet another stunning knockout of Corey Anderson, the 15th of his 19-fight professional career, at UFC London last month and promptly challenged David Haye in the aftermath.
The heavyweight boxer is currently recovering from an Achilles injury suffered during his defeat to Tony Bellew but Manuwa claims they have already spoken about a potential boxing match.
“There’s respect between us,” Manuwa told Express Sport.
“I respect him as a former world champion and a great boxer.
“He respects me and said he was impressed by my last fight.
“He said let’s try and make this fight happen.
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“We’d sell out a big arena, pay-per-views, everything.
“I think it would be a great fight and he’s fought in the O2 not too long ago.
“I believe I can beat him and knock him out at his own game.
“It would be a great fight for London and for combat sports – for boxing and MMA.
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“We spoke and David is all over it. I’m all over it as well.
“I’m concentrating on getting my title shot as well but it’s a good thing having options.”
Manuwa is currently the No 3 ranked challenger in the light heavyweight division, having been bumped up a spot by Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson’s retirement on April 8.
Jimi Manuwa knocked out Corey Anderson in spectacular fashion at UFC London
Johnson had just lost the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship fight against reigning champion Daniel Cormier and Manuwa is desperate to be the next man to face him.
However, he also believes he can beat Haye at his own game.
“He’s not ready for what I’ve got to give, for a proper fight,” Manuwa added.
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“He’s ready for a boxing exhibition where he can look good.
“But I’m going to go straight up to him and we’re going to fight.
“He showed in that Tony Bellew fight that if you hit him back, he’s not up for it.
“Regardless of his Achilles going, Tony stood up to him in the middle of the ring and they had it out.
“David got touched and he didn’t fancy it after that.”