When it comes to putting on a show that can entertain the masses, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is someone who wouldn’t give up that opportunity. If that means having two top stars going from the ring to the cage he would welcome that.
Hearn recently discussed the idea of an event with a ring that transforms into a cage. Looking to collaborate with UFC President Dana White, this comes after interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte called out Francis Ngannou for a fight. There are other ways for Hearn to enter the MMA world. He ended up talking to Sky Sports about Whyte facing a rival in Dereck Chisora.
“Why not? We should look at fights that create attention, that people want to see,” Hearn stated. “Whyte vs Chisora in a cage? That’s huge. But let’s focus on boxing for now, and understand that we are working towards Whyte’s world heavyweight title shot. That’s what we are trying to do.”
Recently, Chisora has been teasing a move to Bellator MMA. This is during a time when he is waiting to face former cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk. They were originally set to clash on May 2 before the coronavirus postponed the event. Chisora (32-9) has a background in MMA as he has trained in the sport for two years. He is a former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champion.
Whyte (27-1) has been interim champion since July 2019 and has been the mandatory challenger for the WBC Title since 2017. His bout with Alexander Povetkin was called off by Matchroom, and the promotion is hoping the fight can be rebooked as soon as possible.
The two have fought twice, with Whyte winning both times. Whyte is hoping to get a WBC Heavyweight Title shot soon. Hearn is not shy from making bouts that are unorthodox, as he has hosted celebrity YouTube fights. However, he will hold off on fights outside of boxing until the heavyweight division is taken care of.
“The priority for Whyte, and for us, is for him to get a shot at the world heavyweight title,” Hearn went on to say. “I don’t want to push MMA too hard so people say: ‘What about the world heavyweight title?’ [The world heavyweight title] is the priority.”