Joe Schilling was successful in the Glory ring on Feb. 6. | Glory International
In recent months, Joe Schilling has made a splash in both the Bellator MMA cage and the Glory kickboxing ring.
Sometime soon, the 31-year-old known as “Stitch ‘Em Up” would like to get a chance to compete on a Spike TV-televised Premier Boxing Champions card.
“There’s been a lot of talk about it,” Schilling told Sherdog.com. “Spike TV is definitely interested in it as well, as I am. There hasn’t been any contract negotiations or anything like that, but it’s definitely a real possibility and something I’m definitely interested in.”
Schilling scored a memorable knockout of Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 131 last November and is set to return to the cage against Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 136 on April 10. He also recently inked a multi-fight deal with Glory and defeated Robert Thomas via unanimous in his return to the ring on Feb. 6.
Fighting on a Premier Boxing Champions card would give Schilling a combat sports hat trick on Spike TV, but the 31-year-old muay Thai practitioner is no stranger to the sweet science. According to BoxRec.com, Schilling owns a 1-0-1 record as a professional boxer -- and that doesn’t include amateur fights. He also points out that he has sparred with more than his share of boxers over the years while preparing for kickboxing matches.
“It seems weird that you call me a three-sport athlete. At the end of the day I’m a fighter,” Schilling said. “I’ve been fighting since I’ve been 15 years old. Most of my sparring partners over the years for my kickboxing fights have been professional boxers and professional mixed martial arts fighters.
“It’s [boxing] something I would feel comfortable doing ,and it’s a sport that I’m a huge fan of and I would love to get back in there and show my skills with my hands. It’s just really amazing to be on such an awesome network and that they would even consider giving me the opportunity to do that. If they would give me the opportunity to be a three-sport athlete, I would be all for it.”
Premier Boxing Champions, which is the brainchild of promoter Al Haymon, debuted on Spike with a double main event on March 13 and is set for its sophomore venture on the network with a card headlined by a showdown between Anthony Dirrell and Badou Jack on April 24.
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