Illinois super welterweight Achour Esho (13-0, 8 KO) has heard the talk from UFC superstar Jose Aldo about his desire to leave the octagon and start a career in boxing. Esho believes he would be the perfect opponent to start Aldo’s boxing career.
Aldo has spoken often this year of his desire to get in the ring (and out of the octagon). Unlike fellow MMA superstar Conor McGregor, who cashed in big for his first boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, Aldo says he’s not in it for a quick payday.
“First of all, it’s not about money. I want to keep it clear. Thank God the UFC and MMA gave me a lot of stuff,” Aldo told TV Combate in an interview earlier this year. “Yes, I think about having a career in boxing, but I want to start from the bottom, start from zero. I want to get ranked and one day fight for a belt. I don’t want to fight just to fight for money, to go after big fights and challenge a great champion. I want a career in boxing. That was my biggest dream, to one day become champion in MMA and boxing. That is my biggest dream.”
Enter Achour Esho, a fighter who has never lost as a professional fighter. He had a 2-0 record in MMA before making the switch to boxing, where he has amassed an impressive 13 wins in a row.
“I’m undefeated in MMA and Boxing, I hold a title, it’s a perfect first fight for him,” Esho told HeavyBagBoxing.com. “To be honest, I don’t really think that’s true, I think I will embarrass him and it will end up being his only fight.”
We asked Esho what he brought to the table to make it worth Aldo’s while to schedule a fight with him.
“He’d make money and my record speaks for itself so if he were to somehow find a way to beat me, he’d immediately be taken seriously in this sport,” said Esho. “I’d also fight him anywhere, any time. I have a grudge against Brazilians and I’d like to itch it.”
If Aldo is serious about starting his boxing career out from scratch and not jumping into a huge title fight right away, it seems Esho would make a great opponent to test the boxing waters. Esho is certainly willing and eager, and the ball appears to be in Aldo’s court to accept the challenge.