After weeks of getting called out, it appears that Francis Ngannou has finally decided to respond to Dillian Whyte.
The UFC heavyweight contender has expressed a desire to head into the boxing world. Stating it was his dream as a child, Ngannou (15-3) was supposed to dive into the sport before he switched over to MMA. He has since gotten the attention of interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Whyte, who would like to challenge him to an MMA and boxing bout. Whyte has discredited Ngannou’s skills inside the octagon.
“I have called Ngannou a coward because, for a guy who is 6ft 4in tall and 18st, he has not shown enough heart in his two defeats,” Whyte stated. “He was on a ten-fight win streak, mostly first-round wins against journeymen, and as soon as he stepped up he lost twice, when people did not just stand there and let him hit them.”
Whyte (27-1) also stated that knockout artist Ngannou will need a different strategy against him. In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Ngannou has responded to Whyte’s challenges. In his own way, he dismissed Whyte before accepting a challenge.
“I know Anthony Joshua but Dillian Whyte? I only heard about him when people sent me articles about him. I didn’t know him before,” Ngannou said.
“Everyone says what they want. I don’t think anything about that. If he wants to fight MMA we will find out.”
Ngannou is on a four-fight win streak in the UFC, with all four wins coming via some form of knockout. He recently fought at UFC 249 last week, knocking out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds. Ranked second in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings. Ngannou is looking to earn himself another UFC Heavyweight Title opportunity.
Whyte is on an eleven-fight win streak. He won the interim WBC Heavyweight TItle back in July 2019 and has been looking to get his shot at the champion, who happens to be Tyson Fury. “The Body Snatcher” only competed in MMA once; beating Mark Stroud via knockout in 2008. The bout only lasted twelve seconds.
If an MMA bout wasn’t to happen, Ngannou wouldn’t mind putting on boxing gloves. The 33-year-old recently learned tips from Mike Tyson while on his podcast. Tyson is expected to come back into the ring for charity.
“Yes, I would have a boxing match. Whoever is possible and whenever is possible,” Ngannou went on to say. “The top heavyweights. I am always confident in my power. I have no doubts with my power.”