The countdown has begun for Francis Ngannou’s highly anticipated crossover fight with heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson Fury. In a recent YouTube video, Ngannou introduces his perfect trainer for this monumental bout.
As the former UFC champion steps into the boxing ring for the first time, he follows in the footsteps of Conor McGregor’s clash with Floyd Mayweather, taking on one of the sport’s finest. Despite skepticism about Ngannou’s chances against Fury’s formidable skill set, it hasn’t deterred one of the most legendary heavyweights of all time from mentoring the Cameroonian fighter.
In a surprising turn of events, it has come to light that the legendary ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, Mike Tyson, is now training Ngannou for his highly anticipated clash with Fury. A captivating video shared on Tyson’s YouTube channel showcases the duo hyping up the fight, along with glimpses of Ngannou’s rigorous training sessions.
During the footage, Tyson imparts his wisdom to the MMA fighter, teaching him the art of his iconic bob and weave technique, a skill essential for getting inside the opponent’s defense. While Ngannou’s execution may not yet match his esteemed trainer’s finesse, it undeniably showcases his impressive progress.
The collaboration between Tyson and Ngannou is a dream come true, as both men are renowned for their awe-inspiring punching power in their respective sports. With an astounding career record of 24 first-round knockouts, Tyson’s dominance is legendary. Equally formidable, Ngannou holds the record for the hardest recorded punch in history, surpassing 129,000 units on the Powerkube technology.
Tyson’s decision to train the former UFC heavyweight champion might come as a setback for Fury and his family. Almost three years ago, Fury revealed on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast that he was named after the host in a touching story. He shared, “I was born eight weeks premature, fighting for my life. Against all odds, I survived. And when I did, my father decided to name me after his favorite heavyweight, Tyson.”
Tyson’s shift in allegiance may surprise some, considering his staunch support for Fury since the latter’s boxing comeback in 2017. The boxing legend has consistently hailed ‘The Gypsy King’ as the greatest heavyweight fighter of their generation, even appearing in promotional footage for BT Sport following Fury’s remarkable rise from the canvas after a seemingly inevitable knockout in his initial encounter with Deontay Wilder.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Mike Tyson shed light on his decision to train Francis Ngannou, leaving many curious about the reasons behind it. Tyson expressed his gratitude to Ngannou and his team for the opportunity, emphasizing their faith in him. While Ngannou has an impressive record in MMA, he has yet to experience a professional boxing match. However, Tyson believes in Ngannou’s potential and sees a bright future for him in the fight game.
As “The Baddest Man on the Planet,” Tyson even hinted that this fight against Fury may just be the beginning for Ngannou in boxing. With Tyson’s own history as the youngest ever heavyweight champion, he knows what it takes to dominate the sport. It’s clear that Tyson is not taking it easy on Ngannou, as he shared a story about their early training sessions, highlighting the importance of pushing oneself to the limit.
Beyond their fighting styles, Tyson and Ngannou share a similar journey from poverty to success. Both have faced struggles that fueled their motivation to excel in their respective sports. They credit their mentors for their guidance and are grateful for the support they received along the way.
The partnership between Tyson and Ngannou is a testament to their shared determination and ambition. As they embark on this new chapter together, the world awaits to see what they will achieve in the ring. Stay tuned for more updates on this dynamic duo and their journey to the top of the boxing world.
Mark your calendars for the epic clash between two colossal heavyweights, scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28th. The clash will be broadcast on TNT Sports Box Office in the UK. While the exact amount of Ngannou’s earnings remains undisclosed, he mentioned in an interview with Ariel Helwani that it will be a life-changing sum of money. In fact, his purse for this fight alone is expected to surpass his entire career in the UFC.
Ngannou left the UFC in early 2023 as the reigning heavyweight champion after failing to reach an agreement on fighter pay. Consequently, he was stripped of his title and missed out on a monumental showdown with Jon Jones.
In a surprising turn of events, Ngannou signed with the promising MMA promotion PFL in May 2023. This new deal allows him to pursue fights in other combat sports outside of the promotion, leading to this highly anticipated bout with Fury.
Critics argue that this fight is primarily driven by financial motives, as Ngannou is considered the underdog due to his limited professional boxing experience compared to the seasoned Fury. However, the world eagerly waits to see if Ngannou can defy the odds and become the first to dethrone the heavyweight champion. With his immense power, anything is possible.
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