Francis Ngannou has claimed that he would defeat Tyson Fury if the pair meet within the boxing ring regardless of his rival’s dominant victory over Dillian Whyte.
The Cameroon star has exchanged forwards and backwards messages with Fury on social media over a potential crossover bout which is unlikely to happen till 2023 on the earliest. Ngannou was ringside at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night time to observe Fury defeat British rival Whyte with a brutal sixth-round stoppage to retain his crown.
The UFC champion stepped within the ring after the battle and defined his intentions to pursue a boxing showdown after recovering from his knee damage. “We’ve been speaking about this going forwards and backwards for just like the previous two years and I feel we’re near getting this on,” Ngannou instructed BT Sport. “I feel I can beat all people, it will not be a simple battle within the boxing world however I can beat anyone.
“I’ll get ready and I get higher and higher each time I battle. In a number of months I’m again within the gymnasium and I can be preparing and I’m trying ahead to taking the problem on.”
Fury proved his heavyweight credentials as soon as once more on the most important of levels and confirmed his plans to retire from the sport instantly after his victory. Nevertheless, the champion promptly backtracked on his proposed retirement shortly after the ultimate bell when Ngannou approached him within the ring.
Ngannou is simply months away from the tip of his contract with the UFC and could be free to negotiate a boxing clash if he opts in opposition to renewing his deal. Fury believes a crossover bout between the pair can be extraordinarily fan-friendly and is prepared to take the boxing match inside a cage if wanted.
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“That is going to be one very particular battle,” Fury instructed ESPN within the ring after his win. “It’s going to be one thing by no means earlier than seen within the historical past of our sport. We’re not speaking two guys round 140lb, I am 270lb, he is 270lb. It is going to be an explosive battle when it occurs. I am the boxing heavyweight champion, he is the UFC heavyweight champion, he is in nice form, take a look at the muscle groups on him.”
He later added: “He’s on my hit checklist in an exhibition battle, nevertheless he desires it. In a cage, in a boxing ring, boxing gloves, UFC gloves – we are able to make it occur. I feel everybody desires to see it. He’s a monster of a man, I’m a monster of a man, so it’ll be a conflict of the titans for positive.”
Fury has beforehand acknowledged he would really like a gathering between the pair to take place in 2023 over in Las Vegas, the place he beforehand took on Deontay Wilder.