A complete fighter in the boxing ring, Dillian Whyte is considering making the transition to another sport. If he was to do so, however, “The Body Snatcher” wants to do it the right way.
Whyte (27-1), the interim WBC Heavyweight Champion, recently stated he would be interested in competing in MMA down the line. His main goal would be to face Francis Ngannou, a former UFC Heavyweight Title contender. The two have been at a war of words recently, with Whyte calling him a coward. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is all for this, as he wants to eventually collaborate with UFC President Dana White.
The idea of a boxer facing an MMA fighter is not new. Back in 2017, Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor via TKO. The two earned a huge payday from the bout, with Mayweather earning about $275 million and McGregor about $85 million (from an initial $30 million). Whyte, who has MMA experience, believes that when it comes to picking fights, Mayweather was in the wrong.
“I want to fight the best,” Whyte said on The AK and Barak Show, via World Boxing News. “A lot of guys cherry-pick, like Floyd Mayweather with Conor McGregor. We all knew Floyd was going to beat McGregor. Anyone with any sense knows in a boxing match Floyd’s going to beat him because Connor ain’t got the skill.
“But I am trying to make this thing happen with someone who is competitive and someone who can win in Francis Ngannou. He can win a boxing match against me because he carries power and he’s active. Also, he’s young and he’s fresh. He has an air of invincibility about him. We said we will do one in the ring and one in the cage.”
Whyte has not fought since December when he beat Mariusz Wach via unanimous decision. On an eleven-fight win streak, Whyte won the interim WBC title against Oscar Rivas in July. The 32-year-old has been the number one-ranked fighter for the WBC since 2017. Whyte is currently scheduled to defend his title against Alexander Povetkin during the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 22.
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, knocking out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds. Ranked second in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings, Ngannou has 11 wins via knockout.
It is unknown how much money a bout between Whyte and Ngannou would generate. If Whyte became WBC Heavyweight Champion, that could increase the value. He is scheduled to face the winner of Tyson Fury v. Deontay Wilder, who will be competing in a trilogy bout before the end of the year. Ngannou is also looking to earn himself another UFC Heavyweight Title opportunity.