“Not brave enough,” Tyson Fury’s rival calls out Francis Ngannou to sign two-fight boxing deal

“Not brave enough,” Tyson Fury’s rival calls out Francis Ngannou to sign two-fight boxing deal

Dillian Whyte and Francis Ngannou (Image Courtesy Sky Sports)

Francis Ngannou is not the UFC heavyweight champion anymore as the promotion terminated his contract last week. The Cameroonian became the UFC champion in 2021 and defended his title once. After his release, UFC fans were a little disappointed as Ngannou was one of the most entertaining fighters on the roster. 

However, Ngannou is a superstar and has the capability to attract huge draws and this is something every other organization is aware of the same. Ngannou always wanted to be a part of boxing bouts and it seems like he has got his first offer. Recently, Dillian Whyte gave an interview to Sky Sports where the fighter talked about his intentions to fight Ngannou in boxing as well as an MMA fight. According to the Brit, unlike other boxers, he is willing to go inside the octagon with arguably one of the hardest hitters in MMA.

A lot of these boxing guys pick on MMA guys and beat them up in a boxing ring, but they are not brave enough to get in the cage. I’d happily fight him in boxing and the cage as well.”  Last year, Whyte fought two fights and won one against Jermaine Franklin. In the title fight with Tyson Fury, Whyte lost the fight via TKO. It will be interesting to see him with smaller gloves inside the octagon. 

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A look into Dillian Whyte’s kickboxing background

Dillian Whyte (Image Courtesy Talksports)
Dillian Whyte (Image Courtesy Talksports)

Fighting a former UFC Champion inside the cage is as dangerous as it looks. Despite being a seasoned boxer, it’s definitely a hard task to deal with punches, kicks, and takedowns all at once. 

Hopefully, for Dillian Whyte it’s not the first time as the fighter has past experience in kickboxing and MMA. Before coming into boxing, Whyte was previously into kickboxing and had participated in many professional fights. Whyte is a former two-time British Heavyweight Kickboxing champion. He won the BIKMA super-heavyweight title and European K1 champion belts. Whyte has an impressive Kickboxing record of 20-1 and was the #1 fighter for five long years. 

Other than that, Whyte participated in an MMA bout in 2008 at UCMMA 1: Bad Breed which he won via KO. Given the experience Whyte has it won’t be a walk in the park for Ngannou but the ‘Predator’ is not just some average fighter. If this fight takes place it is definitely going to be a competitive one.

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