As each the worlds of boxing and MMA put together for giant heavyweight rematches this weekend, fight sports activities journalist Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph can see two of the sports activities’ stars colliding within the close to future.
The UFC Heavyweight title is on the road in Las Vegas as Stipe Miocic defends towards the big-hitting Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 – just a few hours after Dillian Whyte seems to avenge his loss to Alexander Povetkin in a major crossroads boxing match.
With Whyte’s expertise of kickboxing and MMA earlier in his fight profession, coupled with Ngannou’s boxing background, a match-up between the pair had been mooted prior to now. However Davies says the plain contest within the close to future can be to place the UFC’s fabled puncher – if he turns into champion – in with whoever reigns supreme in boxing after the double-header between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
“I feel if Francis Ngannou fights anybody it will likely be Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua. Ngannou’s Cameroonian, Anthony Joshua has Nigerian heritage. Are you able to think about that? The rumble in Lagos between these two? I might fly over for that, no drawback. Possibly they may do one boxing match and one MMA match?” Davies urged, talking to Sky Sports activities.
“However Tyson Fury towards Francis Ngannou, too. Tyson Fury’s talked about it. He is even sparred with world kickboxing champions. And I’ve spoken to him earlier than and he informed me he’d positively do an MMA battle. I may see it taking place,” Davies added.
Whereas Whyte seems like a extra credible cage contender on paper, Davies believes Ngannou’s deal with hanging means considered one of boxing’s present world champions, Fury or Joshua, may be tempted to couple a match within the ring with an MMA battle.