Come this October in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Francis Ngannou is set to seize the chance of a lifetime as he squares off against Tyson Fury. Ngannou, a former kingpin of the UFC heavyweight division, has a life story that reads like an action movie script—complete with overcoming extraordinary hardships both inside the MMA octagon and out. Now, he’s looking to tackle his most formidable opponent to date: Tyson Fury, a boxing juggernaut.
At 35, Fury boasts an unblemished boxing record of 34 matches (33-0-1), putting 24 of his rivals down for the count. Although the “Gypsy King” has never known defeat, he’s had some near misses, most famously against Deontay Wilder where he miraculously recovered from a jaw-dropping knockdown to make it to the final bell. For this unparalleled cross-discipline match, Ngannou has tapped the legendary Mike Tyson as his trainer and guide. Ngannou predicts that by October 28, we’ll see Fury tasting canvas once again.
“My footwork is what has improved the most,” Ngannou told TMZ Sports about his training experience with Tyson. “Mastering the movement and channeling power has been phenomenal. As for what Fury’s saying, well, talk is cheap. What counts is what’ll unfold in Saudi Arabia, and what’ll unfold is him hitting the mat. How good he is at standing back up—well, we’re about to find out.”
Dubbed “The Predator,” Ngannou has showcased unearthly power across his 20-fight MMA portfolio. A staggering 12 out of his 17 wins ended in thunderous knockouts, including the title victory over Stipe Miocic, often hailed as the GOAT in MMA’s heavyweight class.
Though primarily an MMA fighter for the past decade, boxing has always been on Ngannou’s bucket list. Now, he gets the shot to square off in a battle of the titans. “I’ve been following him [Fury] for years, even attended some of his fights. He’s professional, he knows what he’s getting into. But don’t let that fool you—I’m geared up and raring to go for this fight.”
Currently signed with PFL as an MMA combatant, Ngannou foresees making his league debut by March 2024 at the latest. He last entered the octagon in January 2022, retaining his title in a unanimous win against Ciryl Gane, followed by a knee surgery that kept him sidelined until recently.
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I may not be the biggest fan of boxing, especially when MMA fighters try to cross over—remember McGregor vs. Mayweather? But, this Ngannou vs. Fury matchup piques my interest. The heavyweight class alone amps up the stakes, giving Ngannou a fighting chance, quite literally, to make this more than just a spectacle.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Francis Ngannou vs Tyson Fury
What is the main highlight of this Morning Briefing?
The main highlight is the upcoming clash between MMA fighter Francis Ngannou and undefeated boxer Tyson Fury, set to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
What is Francis Ngannou’s background in MMA?
Francis Ngannou is a former UFC heavyweight champion known for his incredible knockout power, with 12 of his wins ending violently by knockout.
Who is training Francis Ngannou for this fight?
Ngannou has enlisted the legendary Mike Tyson as his trainer to help him prepare for his boxing match against Tyson Fury.
Has Tyson Fury ever been knocked down in a fight?
Yes, Tyson Fury had a memorable knockdown against Deontay Wilder, but he managed to get back up and finish the fight.
When is the Ngannou vs. Fury fight scheduled?
The fight between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury is scheduled to take place on October 28 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
What does Francis Ngannou predict for the fight?
Ngannou predicts that Tyson Fury will hit the canvas during their bout, showcasing his confidence in his ability to score a knockout.
How has Ngannou been preparing for this boxing match?
Ngannou has been improving his footwork and power transition in training, with a focus on channeling his strength effectively.
How does Ngannou compare his fight to Conor McGregor’s attempt against Mayweather?
Ngannou believes his fight against Tyson Fury holds more intrigue due to their heavyweight status and the power dynamics involved, giving him a better chance than McGregor had against Mayweather.
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