(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The build-up, the trash talking, fights that split opinion, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline being belted out in a packed arena, that first bell … oh how we already miss big-time boxing.
But amid the uncertainty of when we will next experience the thrill of a world championship fight night, the sport is full of huge personalities, which still gives us plenty to talk about.
British heavyweight Dillian Whyte’s bout against Russian Alexander Povetkin, scheduled for 2 May in London, has now been rescheduled for July 4. But Whyte suggested this week that he could be tempted into the world of mixed martial arts, telling UFC president Dana White to “hit me up” and then even called out a couple of UFC heavyweights.
He mentioned Croatia’s two-time UFC world champion Stipe Miocic, saying: “He’ll just try to take me down but he might go to sleep before I go down though.”
The Londoner then told his Youtube channel that he’d “knock out” Francis Ngannou, labelling the Cameroonian a “coward”.
Fight fans are often protective of their sport and are quick to quash the idea of a boxer or mixed martial arts fighter swapping disciplines.
But Whyte switching from the ring to the Octagon may not be as far-fetched as you think; he’s a two-time British kickboxing champion so would bring more to the table than just his fists.