Eddie Hearn Open to Stage Dillian Whyte vs Francis Ngannou Both in the Ring and Cage

Published 04/07/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Promoter, Eddie Hearn speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Crossovers in MMA and boxing have become a trend lately. Ever since the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight, fans have drawn significant comparisons between boxers and MMA fighters of similar weight category. Of late, one such matchup that has turned into a hot topic is between the recently crowned UFC heavyweight champ, Francis Ngannou, and the WBC Interim heavyweight champion, Dillian Whyte.

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Recently, Whyte’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, was in an interview with SiriusXM Boxing. Here, he shed some light on staging a fight between ‘The Predator’ and ‘The Body Snatcher’ in the coming time.

Hearn even cleared that he’d be open to book a crossover between Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou, but he seems to be more inclined towards Ngannou vs Whyte matchup. The Matchroom boss is eager to book two fights between Whyte and Ngannou, one in the cage and the other one in the ring.

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Ngannou recently won a thriller rematch against Stipe Miocic to cement himself as the undisputed heavyweight champ. By displaying his daunting power, the ‘Predator’ knocked Miocic out cold in just the second round of the fight.

On the flip side, Dillian Whyte avenged his loss by finishing his adversary Alexander Povetkin in the rematch. This was a must-win contest for Whyte, as his title shot aspirations relied on his performance at ‘Rumble on the Rock’.

Both Ngannou and Whyte have showcased their abilities in their respective disciplines. That said, a potential crossover fight between the duo has definitely sent the fans into a frenzy.

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Francis Ngannou vs Dillian Whyte – will it really happen?

Ngannou and Whyte are absolute entertainers in their specific sports. In their extensive fight run, the pair has battered a major chunk of their opponents to the pulp. Despite that, a fight between the duo just doesn’t seem to be on the cards.

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‘The Body Snatcher’ is eager to get his hands on a title shot after his last win and will not budge an inch from the same as it’s his long-time dream to fight for a heavyweight world title.

Whereas, Ngannou has recently won his hard-earned UFC gold. Before moving to confront a full-time boxer, he’ll look forward to defending his belt for a considerable amount of time, thus solidifying his spot as the ultimate champ.

Yet, a fight between the duo can take place once they are both out of opponents in their respective disciplines.

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Whether it is a boxing bout or an MMA contest, the Whyte vs Ngannou matchup will undeniably attract the attention of the combat sports universe.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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