In this week’s Battle Talk we take a look at the possibility of boxer Dillian Whyte handling UFC’s Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury ending up being the wealthiest fighter in the last year, Carl Froch recollecting about the time he “flattened” George Groves in front of 80,000 fans six years earlier and Mike Tyson rocking up at All Elite Wrestling.
Dillian Whyte v Francis Ngannou – could it take place?
Considering that UFC star Conor McGregor swapped the Octagon for a boxing ring in his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2017, there have been numerous rumours of fighters and combined martial artists switching disciplines.
Some hardcore boxing fans believe it makes a mockery of the sport but a crossover bout, as shown by McGregor and Mayweather, can record the creativity of the public.
And it can make the fighters a great deal of cash.
One of the rumours which looks like it could have legs is UFC competitor Francis Ngannou handling Britain’s Dillian Whyte.
Previous kickboxing champ Whyte is set to handle Russian Alexander Povetkin in July. However he has actually made clear of the reality he would like to attempt his hand at Mixed Martial Arts, although Cameroonian Ngannou has stated he ‘d be gladly make the relocate to boxing.
Here’s Ngannou trying to keep up with the speed of American lightweight fighter Ryan Garcia …
Whether he ‘d be any match for Whyte under boxing rules can be disputed. But could it really take place? Would both heavyweights jeopardise potential world title shots in their particular sports for this?
Well it appeared like it could be a genuine possibility when Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn announced there would be an ‘ePress conference’ in between the two fighters over a video call.
There was even a head-to-head poster buffooned up …
But within 24 hours the face-to-face (or zoom-to-zoom) was off …
Matchroom Boxing said it was cancelled at Team Ngannou’s request. However UFC president Dana White may have had a part to play …
So Whyte v Ngannou (in a boxing ring, the Octogan, or some hybrid battle) will not happen any time soon.
However it’s already old news. We have actually moved onto the next rumour as Briton Derek Chisora informed BBC Sport he could complete in Mixed Martial Arts with Bellator Advertisings.
Tyson ‘Money’ Fury?
The Tyson Fury story might be a future Hollywood blockbuster. In just two years, the Briton had actually gone from weighing 30 stone and issues with drinks, drugs and depression to ending up being WBC heavyweight champion.
And his amazing return was highlighted this week when Forbes noted him as the highest earning combat sports professional athlete in the last year.
Fury took home $57 m (₤462 m) – okay for a year’s work.
WBA, IBF and WBO champion Anthony Joshua wasn’t too far behind in the list, with $47 m (₤381 m).
Joshua is set to handle his IBF obligatory opposition Kubrat Pulev next while Fury is set up to deal with Deontay Wilder in a third battle.
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Should both Britons come through it, it doesn’t take a Forbes’ expert to work out that a Fury v Joshua indisputable bout would be the richest fight in world boxing.
‘ Few come back from being Cobra ‘d’
On Sunday it was the precisely 6 years because the Carl Froch v George Groves mega fight at Wembley Arena.
After Froch won the first bout in Manchester courtesy of a controversial interruption, he medically knocked out Groves in the rematch in front of – yep, as he continues advising us – 80,000 fans.
Froch, the supreme wind-up merchant, marked the anniversary with this tongue-in-cheek tweet …
Tyson & Cejudo rock up
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