Ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou reflects on Tyson Fury fight, mocks British star: ‘He’s a playboy’

Francis Ngannou reflects on Tyson Fury fight He's a bit of a playboyFrancis Ngannou offered his take on the differences between ‘The Gypsy King’ and his next opponent. After nearly ending…

Francis Ngannou reflects on Tyson Fury fight He's a bit of a playboy

Francis Ngannou offered his take on the differences between ‘The Gypsy King’ and his next opponent.

After nearly ending the undefeated reign of Tyson Fury in October, Francis Ngannou will return to the squared circle for a clash with the WBC’s top-ranked heavyweight contender, Anthony Joshua. The fight will go down on March 8, emanating from Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, the same venue that hosted Ngannou’s critically acclaimed professional boxing debut last year.

Ahead of his second fight in the sweet science, ‘The Predator’ shared his thoughts on the key differences between facing Fury and the former two-time unified champion.

”Anthony Joshua never trash talks, his personality is more serious, unlike Tyson Fury who is more like a playboy,” Ngannou told The Mirror. “I think when it comes to fighting, they both know how to fight and that’s what I’m focused on. He might have been nervous but that doesn’t mean anything. In fact, I think being nervous means he is taking things very seriously. It’s very important because he’s going to do his best to show up on the day with everything.”

Anthony Joshua Seeking his fourth straight win against Francis Ngannou

Anthony Joshua goes into the contest with a 27-3 record, 24 of those victories coming by way of knockout. After suffering back-to-back losses against Tyson Fury’s next opponent, Oleksandr Usyk, the Watford, England native has won three straight, including knockouts against Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin in his last two outings.

Ngannou, on the other hand, is just 0-1 as a professional boxer, but a strong debut performance and his undeniable drawing power have made him a priority opponent for many of the sports’ biggest stars.

Francis Ngannou’s coach, Dewey Cooper, challenges John Fury to a boxing match: ‘I’d definitely take it’

Francis Ngannou's coach challenges John FuryDewey Cooper, the longtime coach of former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, has challenged Tyson Fury’s father — John…

Francis Ngannou's coach challenges John Fury

Dewey Cooper, the longtime coach of former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, has challenged Tyson Fury’s father — John Fury — to a fight inside the squared circle.

Fury, 59, has been teasing a potential return to the ring for the last several months, even calling out legendary pugilist ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson for a showdown ahead of his son’s critically acclaimed crossover clash with Ngannou — whom Tyson trained — in October. Tyson largely laughed off the idea of fighting the elder Fury, but it appears as though Ngannou’s coach is more than happy to strap on the eight-ounce gloves and give it a go against Tyson’s dear ol’ dad.

“John Fury wanted to fight Mike Tyson, that’s a big fight and would make a lot of money,” Cooper said in an interview with Mirror Fighting. “I don’t blame him, why not? If he called me out, I’d definitely fight him. I’m a coach now, I’m retired from fighting but I train and I can definitely train more if I’m ignited to do such.

“I haven’t seen him fight because the only fighters I really watch are the legends that I grew up loving and the opponents of my fighters, so I can’t really say. I wouldn’t discount his ability because he’s Tyson Fury’s dad and Tyson is one of the greatest. I’m sure he can fight otherwise he wouldn’t be so confident in himself. I just need enough time to train to fight anybody, but if he wants a boxing fight I’d definitely take it. I would have crouse study him to see what he does well and try to nullify that.”

Dewey Cooper is Already in Saudi Arabia to help Francis Ngannou Prepare for his next fight

After narrowly coming up short against Tyson Fury, Francis Ngannou returns to the ring on March 8 when he meets No. 1 ranked WBC heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua. Cooper along with striking coach John Mbumba are already in Saudi Arabia — the site of Ngannou vs. Joshua — to prepare his fighter for another high-stakes matchup in Riyadh.

Only once Ngannou’s fight with Joshua is in the books will Cooper offer John Fury any further attention.

“I have a commitment to my fighters like very few fighters, I don’t sleep at night,” he added. “I’ll train them all day, two or three in morning whatever they want to do. I’m willing to sacrifice my body for my fighters and there is no bigger sacrifice than what I do with Francis, he hurts me often. Everyday I’m there ready for him to work, so that’s my dedication and my commitment.”

Tyson Fury eyes rematch with ex-UFC star Francis Ngannou: ‘I ain’t retiring, I ain’t going nowhere’

Tyson Fury eyes rematch with Francis Ngannou in the future I ain't retiring UFCUnbeaten WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury has confirmed he will rematch former UFC heavyweight titleholder, Francis Ngannou in the…

Tyson Fury eyes rematch with Francis Ngannou in the future I ain't retiring UFC

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury has confirmed he will rematch former UFC heavyweight titleholder, Francis Ngannou in the future – ahead of his May championship unification fight against fellow world gold holder, Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury, the current undisputed WBC heavyweight champion, has been sidelined since he featured against the Batié knockout artist back in August of last year in the Middle East, narrowly retaining his unbeaten record in a close, controversial split decision win over ex-UFC star, Ngannou.

And forced from a championship fight against Ukraine favorite, Usyk later this month, Fury suffered a nasty laceration after catching a stray elbow during a sparring session, requiring stitches to close the cut, and forcing the cancellation of the clash.

Now slated for May 18. in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Fury will draw Usyk in a title unification fight at the heavyweight limit – and insists he will rematch Usyk, and then fight former champion, Anthony Joshua at least once – before fighting Ngannou in the future again.

Tyson Fury eyes rematch with Francis Ngannou

“I keep hearing talk of people saying that I should retire or I’m going to retire soon or whatever,” Tyson Fury said on his official social media. “I ain’t retiring anywhere.”

“I’ve got tow fights with [Oleksandr] Usyk, for the undisputed [titles] twice,” Tyson Fury explained. “Then I’m going to fight AJ (Anthony Joshua) at least once. Maybe twice if there’s a rematch, if he wants one after the first battering I give him, and then I’m going to fight (Francis) Ngannou again. And that’s just to start. So, there’s five little fights for you to whet your appetite with. I ain’t going nowhere. Nowhere. I’m 35 years old, in the prime of my life.” 

Himself returning to the ring in March for his sophomore outing, former UFC heavyweight champion, Ngannou takes on the above-mentioned British heavyweight, Joshua in a pivotal clash in the Middle East. 

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John Fury challenges former boxing champ Carl Froch to fight at Wembley Stadium: ‘Hater versus Top Father’

John FuryJohn Fury — the enigmatic father of reigning WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury — has challenged former boxing…

John Fury

John Fury — the enigmatic father of reigning WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury — has challenged former boxing star Carl Froch to a clash at Wembley Stadium.

Fury and Froch’s war of words between one another has been escalating ever since the British former IBF super-middleweight titleholder suggested that ‘The Gypsy King‘ may not be as good as he is often labeled.

“How good is Tyson Fury? What’s he ever done? Who’s he actually beaten? He obviously beat Klitschko in a bit of a stinker,” Froch told LuckyBlock.com. “That was just an awkward, horrible performance where he just got inside Klitschko’s head and messed him up with that jab.

“After the Klitschko fight, Fury had those three big standout fights with Deontay Wilder. But how good is Deontay Wilder now? He looked awful against Joseph Parker. So now you start questioning him. Is Tyson Fury actually what we thought he was or has he been flattered by the lack of opposition?”

Froch echoed similar sentiments after Fury withdrew from his highly anticipated unified heavyweight title clash with Oleksandr Usyk last week. The fight was scheduled to go down on February 17 in London, but a cut sustained over his right eye while sparring forced Fury out of the contest.

Shortly after, it was announced that the long-awaited showdown would be rescheduled for May 18, though Froch is taking that new date with a grain of salt.

“The date they’ve announced is really convenient. Everybody’s upset, infuriated and deflated that this undisputed everywhere title fight’s not happening. So what do they do? They come out with a date of May 18. Take that with a pinch of salt. They’re giving us something to think about. They’re giving us something to talk about and to keep the dream alive and keep all the fans intrigued,” Froch explained to talkSport.

“That date is something that’s been plucked out of the air and I think we’re being paid lip service because you can’t say May 18 because you don’t know what Fury is going to be doing now for the next two months and how that eye’s going to heal. It’s nice that they’ve got a date and they’ve put it in there and they still want it to happen but, to be honest, I don’t get excited when I hear that.”

Froch was also highly critical of Tyson Fury for allowing such a significant cut to occur while doing some heavy sparring two weeks out from the biggest fight of his pro boxing career.

“I don’t think there’s any excuse for him to get cut. It never happened to me,” Froch said via his YouTube channel. “I used to wear a face guard. No elbows can get through so you mitigate getting injured. That’s what you should be doing before a fight of this magnitude – taking massive precautions. I’m blaming his trainer, I’m blaming Tyson himself for not taking that precaution, whether you’re uncomfortable in it or not. He’s got cut in sparring two weeks before the biggest fight of his life. This is the unification, undisputed heavyweight title fight we’ve all been waiting for.”

“At two weeks out he should be keeping his sparring partners at a distance, working on what he needs to work on when he’s fighting Usyk. Of course the guys are going to get close to you during sparring, but from the clips I’ve seen Fury was having a bit of a push around and a move, he was looking sloppy.”

John Fury has heard enough from Carl Froch

Tired of hearing Froch badmouth his eldest son, John Fury sent a message to the ex-boxing star, challenging him to a fight at one of the world’s most famous stadiums.

“Video to Carl The Snake Froch. You’re having plenty to say mate on your little podcast channel. John Fury’s rung the bell for you again, got you plenty of content, plenty of viewing figures that you were after. Listen, your mate George Groves said something very interesting. You and me, Wembley Stadium, 93,000 crowd. I’m up for that my friend. You’ve had plenty to say. I have. I stand by every word that I’ve said. You don’t like me. Let’s see what you can do about it.

“Hater versus Top Father – that’s what we’ll call this. But, it’s got to make business sense. Because it’s a business, let’s not forget that. Get your people to contact me directly… get the contracts drawn up, I will fight you, Wembley Stadium, this year. Don’t worry about that. John Fury will not back out of the fight with you my friend” (h/t GBNews).

It’s certainly not the first time John Fury has called out a former world champion for a fight. Last year, he famously challenged ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson ahead of Tyson Fury’s fight with former UFC heavyweight star Francis Ngannou.

Breaking – Tyson Fury – Oleksandr Usyk title fight rescheduled for May, withdrawal results in $10,000,000 fine

Tyson Fury now set to fight Oleksandr Usyk on May 18. in title fight withdrawal results in $10 million fineFollowing the cancellation overnight of a heavyweight championship unification bout between WBC gold holder, Tyson Fury, and WBO, WBA,…

Tyson Fury now set to fight Oleksandr Usyk on May 18. in title fight withdrawal results in $10 million fine

Following the cancellation overnight of a heavyweight championship unification bout between WBC gold holder, Tyson Fury, and WBO, WBA, IBO, and IBF gold holder, Oleksandr Usyk for later this month, the long-anticipated clash is now officially rescheduled to take place on May 18. – with another more withdrawals from either party resulting in a $10,000,000 fine and donation to the other.

Yesterday evening, reports emerged detailing how unbeaten WBC heavyweight titleholder, Tyson Fury was out of his scheduled title fight with Usyk this month in Saudi Arabia, suffering a nasty laceration over his right eye during a sparring session.

Appearing to catch a stray left elbow whilst wearing headgear during a sparring session in the weeks ahead of his trip to Riyadh in a bid to unify the belts against Ukrainian favorite, Usyk, Fury was forced to withdraw from the matchup, requiring multiple stitches to close the “severe” cut.

Tyson Fury now faces Oleksandr Usyk on May 18.

However, this evening during an interview with MMA Fighting, the adviser to the Saudi Royal Court, Turki Alalshiekh confirmed that Fury will not face Usyk on May 18. in the Middle East – with the stipution that if either fighter withdraws from the newly-scheduled pairing, they will forfeit $10,000,000 of their purse to the other.

Most recently featuring in the region back in August in a non-title bout with former undisputed UFC heavyweight gold holder, Francis Ngannou, Morecambe native, Fury narrowly retained his unbeaten professional record, landing a close, controversial split decision win over the Cameroonian over the course of 12 rounds.

As for Usyk, the world championship holder moved to 21-0 as a professional back in August to boot in Poland, stopping British contender and title challenger, Daniel Dubois with an eventual ninth round KO win. 

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Exclusive – John Fury claims ex-UFC star Francis Ngannou is ‘A danger to every heavyweight in the division’

John Fury touts ex-UFC star Francis Ngannou as a massive threat to heavyweights after boxing moveJohn Fury believes Francis Ngannou is a danger to every man in the heavyweight division. After dominating the world…

John Fury touts ex-UFC star Francis Ngannou as a massive threat to heavyweights after boxing move

John Fury believes Francis Ngannou is a danger to every man in the heavyweight division.

After dominating the world of mixed martial arts, Ngannou made his professional boxing debut in October against perhaps the greatest pugilist on the planet today, Tyson Fury. Going into the bout, ‘The Predator’ was a massive underdog, and understandably so considering the creditials of his opposition. However, it took Ngannou a little less than three rounds to show the boxing world that he was for real.

In the third round, Ngannou sent the combat sports community to its knees as he blasted ‘The Gypsy King’ with a counter-left that sent the reigning WBC heavyweight titleholder to the canvas.

After 10 entertaining rounds of action, Fury skated by with a very contentious split-decision victory. But nobody was interested in talking about the Manchester native’s 34th straight win. Instead, they all marveled at the impressive showing that Ngannou delivered against ‘The King of the World.’ The performance was so sensational that the WBC ranked ‘The Predator’ as the No. 10 heavyweight in the world despite only having one fight and zero wins.

John Fury touts Francis Ngannou as major threat to boxing

Next, Francis Ngannou will face No. 1 ranked WBC contender Anthony Joshua on March 8 in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking with Murdo Todd in a LowKick MMA exclusive interview, John Fury — who is sponsored by FreeBets, the father of heavyweight kingpin Tyson Fury, spoke about the danger that Ngannou brings to any man who dares step in front of him — including Joshua.

“He’s a danger to every heavyweight in the division,” Fury said. “I’m not saying he’s going to beat [Joshua], but if any man can, it’ll be him. He’s in front of you. He can punch. He’s a brave fella. He’s big and strong. You’ve got to have a set down there to mess with people like Ngannou and he brings a whole new level of boxing to A.J.

“The biggest opponent he’s faced. The strongest opponent he’s faced. And probably the hardest hitter he’s ever faced. And if he does detonate on you… Unless you’ve got a cast iron chin like Tyson and a desire like Tyson to win, you’re going to stay down.”

Making his MMA debut in 2013, Ngannou amassed a record of 17-3, including 12 wins under the UFC banner and an incredible 11 victories by way of knockout. He finished former UFC champions Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez in back-to-back bouts before eventually claiming his first world title with a second-round KO over the man many consider to be the UFC’s heavyweight GOAT, Stipe Miocic.

After a long and unsuccessful renegotiation with the UFC, Ngannou parted ways with the promotion in 2023 and signed with the Professional Fighters League a few months later. Ngannou is yet to make his first appearance inside the PFL Smart Cage and could very well hold off on making a return to MMA until 2025 so he can focus on his newly established pro boxing career.

“He’s a danger, man,” Fury added. “A danger to all of them. Any heavyweight in the world. Tyson’s extra special. That’s why he’s the king of the world. That’s why he’s unbeaten. That’s why he’s at the top of the game. Because he’s special. Even though people won’t accept he’s special. You’ll see how special Ngannou is when he fights other people.”

He continued, “Ngannou is a big strong fella. He’s muscly, but he can also move. He’s athletic and if you’re there, he’ll take the top of your head straight off. And don’t forget he’s a lot more powerful a man than any Andy Ruiz Jr. When he gets you in trouble, you’ll know about it and he won’t just do that with A.J. He’ll do it to anybody out there.”

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