UFC heavyweight slugger Francis Ngannou says he is going to learn from one of boxing’s most feared punchers in a bid to secure a crossover bout with lineal heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury.
Ngannou, winner of three straight in the octagon all by first round stoppage, is one of the most fearsome strikers in mixed martial arts and stands on the precipice of another title shot once Stipe Miocic returns to fitness next year. The UFC heavyweight champion is also linked to a trilogy bout with ex-champ Daniel Cormier, a fight which could delay Ngannou’s title aspirations, but if that is to be the case Ngannou says he is going to spend his time wisely.
“Spoke with Mike Tyson and he agreed to train me for when I fight @Tyson_Fury in the Ring,” he wrote. “Don’t be scared Fury. You called me out and now you’ll have to live with it. #WakandaForever #UNCROWNEDKING”
— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) November 6, 2019
The social media blast incurred a response from Fury, who shot back saying: “I’ll deal with you and all the other Mma heavyweights when I’m done with my boxing fights, It won’t be long to wait! Then I’ll show u how we roll.”
Ill deal with you and all the other Mma heavyweights when I’m done with my boxing fights,
It won’t be long to wait! Then I’ll show u how we roll.👍🏻🙏🏻
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) November 6, 2019
Fury has recently spoken of his desire to compete across codes in mixed martial arts, just days after making his professional wrestling debut as part of the WWE’s ‘Crown Jewel’ event in Saudi Arabia on October 31. He has also stated that Conor McGregor has agreed to train him for a potential bout in mixed martial arts.
While those things seem a long way away at this point, there seems to be interest from both Ngannou in Fury in one day crossing paths in the ring but any deal will have to come with the blessing of both fighters’ promoters — and as combat sports has taught us on many occasions in the past, this might be easier said than done.