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Dillian Whyte wants to KO Francis Ngannou “whether it’s in MMA or boxing”

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British boxing stalwart and the current WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte, who was recently engaged in some verbal heat with former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, has turned his attention to Francis Ngannou and claims to knockout the UFC heavyweight champion in either the Octagon or the squared circle.

A crossover fight in the combat sports fraternity is always mouth-watering, and remembering “The Money Fight” in August 2017 when the world came to a standstill to see Conor McGregor don the sparring gloves against Floyd Mayweather Jr, another such fight featuring the likes of Dillian Whyte and Francis Ngannou, two heavyweight elites, will be no less exciting.

Talks about a two-fight clash between Whyte and Ngannou had originally gained pace last year, with even interest from Whyte’s promoter and Matchroom Boxing MD Eddie Hearn who wanted to see a crossover fight between the boxer and mixed martial artist.

Dillian Whyte wants to KO Francis Ngannou "whether it's in MMA or boxing" - Whyte
Francis Ngannou brutally Ko’ed Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 to win the heavyweight title. (Image Courtesy: Zuffa LLC)

Back in April, Hearn had revealed that his company even hosted a press conference featuring the two, but the fight buildup was halted after UFC stepped in and had shut down the tapings.

Ngannou himself recently revealed his interest to become a pugilist and nodded to fight Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, but Whyte wants to reignite the tussle, be it boxing or MMA.

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The Predator? Dillian Whyte calls Francis Ngannou “The Pacifier”

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Dillian Whyte claimed that he has an advantage over Francis Ngannou in either MMA or boxing, and is ready to have a go against the UFC heavyweight champion as soon as possible.

“If Ngannou wants a fight tomorrow, I’ll fight him tomorrow,” said Whyte, “I want to make it fair. I know some other boxers want to fight an MMA guy. I believe I can beat him in both styles. I can beat him in MMA and in boxing.”

“I don’t think he’s anything special, whichever they want. The guy is scared, so if doing MMA makes him feel better,” the 33-year-old Briton went on, “If we have a fight in the cage first, he might take it, but if we offer him a boxing fight, then he might say, ‘No, no, no.’ If he wants it, he can get it.”

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Dillian Whyte regained his WBC interim status in his rematch against Alexander Povetkin in March. (Image Courtesy: Matchroom)

Recalling their press conference last year, Whyte claimed that Ngannou was ‘terrified’ to lock horns and following the conference. He also insisted that it was Ngannou who reached out to UFC prez Dana Whyte to take down the official tapings and gave him a new nickname’ ‘The Pacifier’.

“I’ve already beaten him outside the ring when we recorded a head to head last year. He’s very fragile. He calls himself ‘The Predator’ but he should be called ‘The Pacifier’ because he’s a real dummy and a cry baby. Afterwards he ran to his boss Dana White, pleading to get it pulled. He was terrified of actually fighting me after he had a meltdown on air. Pathetic.”

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