In October, in Saudi Arabia, the former UFC heavyweight champion and current PFL contender, Francis Ngannou, will finally make his debut in the noble sport of boxing against one of the most talented pugilists of our time, Tyson Fury. Ngannou shows no signs of intimidation despite the disparities in experience and skills between them inside the ring. His response to his opponent’s provocations attests to his unshakeable confidence.
To transition into the world of boxing, Ngannou has enlisted the support of the iconic Mike Tyson in his preparation for this pivotal challenge. Despite this partnership, Fury downplays its significance, asserting that ‘The Predator’ can bolster his team all he wants, but the outcome will remain unchanged: his own victory.
As the rivalry continues to escalate, Ngannou vows to make ‘The Gypsy King’ swallow every skeptical word he has uttered about him. While bookmakers may consider him an underdog in the bout, he dismisses this label, assuring that the undefeated British boxer will experience the force of his punches and suffer his first career defeat.
“My footwork has improved significantly, especially in the power transition. It’s been incredible. What Fury says doesn’t matter; what matters is what will transpire in Saudi Arabia. He will fall. I’m not sure how you’d describe it, but I’m certain he’ll hit the canvas. He’s skilled at getting back up, but we’ll test the extent of that skill. I’ve been studying his moves for the past three years, I’ve watched several of his fights. I’m fully prepared and excited. The training is ongoing, and we still have plenty of time,” stated the former UFC champion in an interview with ‘TMZ Sports.’
In MMA, the 36-year-old Ngannou achieved success in the UFC, facing and defeating renowned opponents, propelling him to become one of the most feared athletes in the sport. Within the organization, the former heavyweight champion secured impressive knockouts against Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velasquez, Curtis Blaydes (twice), Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Júnior ‘Cigano’, and Stipe Miocic. He also clinched a decision victory against Ciryl Gane in his sole title defense. ‘The Predator’s’ reputation is such that fans and specialized media already consider him one of the premier athletes in the category’s history, owing to his imposing physical presence and formidable striking power.
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