Bodybuilding star Big Boy — who has millions of followers on social media — is dead serious about boxing Tito Ortiz … telling TMZ Sports he’s gonna knock the ex-UFC legend into retirement!!!
The two sides have been jawing back-and-forth on the Internet recently … with Ortiz claiming last month he didn’t start the beef, but he’s willing to settle their differences in the ring.
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As for Big Boy, he insists it’s Ortiz who started running his mouth … and he tells us he actually has a lot of appreciation for what he’s done throughout his career — but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t wanna knock the dude’s block off.
“I respect all fighters, 100%,” Big Boy tells us. “He’s a world champion, I’ve looked up to him and I respect him. But I think he’s past his prime.”
“I think I’m more explosive. I’m stronger. I got more game than him. Everything all in one. I just think it’s his time, man. I’m gonna really retire his ass.”
In fact, Big Boy says he’s gonna make quick work of Tito … guaranteeing a first-round knockout.
While Big Boy is mostly known for his iron-pumping, he says he’s been hitting the mitts with huge names in fighting like former heavyweight champAndy Ruiz in hopes of landing a fight … and now, it sounds like he’ll get his wish in 2023, ’cause Ortiz is on board.
“This guy wants smoke, let’s light this s*** up, let’s find a promoter, let’s get it done,” Tito says. “I’ll get back in the gym. I’ll start boxing. I know I could do some work and make it look easy.”
Big Boy is so confident he’ll come away with his hand raised … he tells us he’s already got his next opponent in mind — Jake Paul.