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Eddie Hearn fancies the idea of joint MMA-boxing card

Hearn has a vision of a boxing ring that transforms into a cage in order to have both sports on the same card.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has been fleshing out his idea for a crossover card that would feature boxers and MMA fighters competing in each other’s disciplines (prompted by the whole Dillian Whyte-Francis Ngannou thing). So with Hearn discussing what he has in mind, the British promoter shared these thought:

“Ngannou-Whyte, the only thing is do we go we go in the cage or do we go in the ring?” Hearn said during an Instagram stream. “Apparently in London they want to see it in the ring, though.

“I thought maybe me and Dana [White] could put this night together where you got a ring that also transforms into a cage between match-ups. So you got crossover fights, but you’ve got a MMA fighter against a boxer in the ring, and you’ve got a boxer fighting an MMA fighter in the cage.”

I feel like I’ve seen these scenarios play out in the past, in both iterations, and the result is always what you’d expect. Apparently there’s some demand for this sort of thing though, so we’ll see if it gains any traction.

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