by Dane McGuire
While UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou’s free agency/contract situation plays out with the promotion, he has continued to discuss the possibility of boxing Tyson Fury.
“Obviously, he will not come to MMA,” Ngannou said. “That’s not something that would happen. He would get killed.
“When you see heavyweights getting in the octagon or in the ring, everybody could knock everybody out. That’s a fact. And it’s also not easy to knock somebody out and it could go to a decision. We’ve seen it. Everything is possible.”
The bout would be a special attraction as Fury, an all-time great and multi-champion, will officially retire from boxing after his April 23 bout against Dillian Whyte, his mandatory challenger.
“I don’t count that as a real boxing fight,” Fury said. “That’s not a boxing fight. That’s gonna be a ‘special’ fight. That will be in a cage in four-ounce gloves, in Las Vegas, at the Raiders Stadium.
“I will have retired from competitive, championship boxing, and I’ll be ready to do the crossover fights completely. He won’t be the UFC heavyweight champion anymore, I won’t be the WBC heavyweight champion anymore, but I will still be the lineal heavyweight champion because they can’t take that from me!”
Ngannou shared his thoughts in a video on his YouTube channel. He has been on the mend from knee surgery following a dominant unanimous decision win over Cyril Gane at UFC 270.
“I don’t really care about what will be, I just think it will be a fight against Tyson Fury,” Ngannou said. “It can be in a phone booth, or wherever, but that fight will happen. That fight will happen.”
Fury’s upcoming bout with Whyte will be for his WBC heavyweight title. The fight takes place at London’s Wembley Stadium. However, Fury’s head trainer, SurgarHill Steward, isn’t convinced Fury will hang up his gloves.
“Whatever he says at the time, that’s what it is. As you know, everybody in the world changes their mind so it just depends how much you or anybody else puts thought into what he said,” Steward told BT Sport.
“Nobody believes Tyson anyway so what difference does it make?”
“Should he win later this month, Fury will be in line to collide with the winner of the upcoming rematch between IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk and former beltholder Anthony Joshua.”
CageNation will have more on this story as it develops.