UFC legend Michael Bisping has backed Dillian Whyte’s bid to battle MMA monster Francis Ngannou.
Britain’s former middleweight champion of the world educated with the Brixton Physique Snatcher after they labored collectively in a battle camp.
Whyte was a champion kickboxer and made his skilled MMA debut with a 12-second win earlier than committing full-time to boxing.
And the WBC’s No1 contender is significantly contemplating a swap again to the cage to grow to be the primary heavyweight champ throughout each codes.
Bisping mentioned: “I educated with Dillian again within the day, I do know him somewhat bit as a result of he got here as much as assist a coaching camp with Rampage Jackson a few years in the past.
“Personally I prefer to see the perfect boxers battle the perfect boxers and the perfect martial artists to battle the perfect martial artists. Too typically it’s a set-up for somebody to lose.
“However Ngannou can be a very good opponent, he can’t wrestle to save lots of his life but when he connects in these 4oz gloves, it’s goodnight. The gloves are solely actually there to guard your arms.”
From his Portugal coaching camp, forward of his postponed battle with Alexander Povetkin, Whyte mentioned: “The heavyweight guys over there, champion Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou, are elite and I must work on my grappling and wrestling.
“However I do know, standing up and boxing in 4oz gloves, I may knock ANY of their top-ten heavyweights out.
“I would want time to get my MMA conditioning again as a result of it’s completely completely different to boxing the place, in case you are intelligent, you may take time within the three minute rounds.
“I’ve referred to as Ngannou a coward as a result of, for a man who’s 6ft 4in tall and 18st, he has not proven sufficient coronary heart in his two defeats.
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“He was on a ten-fight win streak, largely first-round wins in opposition to journeymen, and as quickly as he stepped up he misplaced twice, when individuals didn’t simply stand there and let him hit them.
“You get these guys in boxing in addition to MMA, when they’re on prime in a battle they’re an issue, stuffed with confidence and attempting to bully you.
“However as quickly as you stand as much as them and hit them again, they shrink. Ngannou give up in his two most up-to-date defeats as a result of he didn’t like the way in which the fights have been going.”