Mike Tyson has joined Francis Ngannou’s teaching workforce forward of the MMA star’s boxing match with Tyson Fury.
Ngannou, who vacated the UFC heavyweight title upon leaving the promotion this 12 months, will field WBC heavyweight champion Fury in Saudi Arabia on 28 October.
Ngannou, 36, final fought in January 2022, retaining the UFC title with a call win in opposition to ex-teammate Ciryl Gane. The Cameroonian is because of make his debut within the Professional Fighters League subsequent 12 months, and as a part of his take care of the UFC’s rival promotion, he is ready to field on the aspect.
Ngannou is extensively seen as essentially the most devastating puncher within the historical past of the UFC’s heavyweight division, whereas Tyson, 57, carried the identical fame throughout his time as world heavyweight champion in boxing.
“It is no secret I back Ngannou 100 per cent in this face-off of champions,” Tyson stated on Thursday (3 August). “He has one hard punch, and when it lands, it’s game over. I am looking forward to working with Ngannou and supporting his transition from the Octagon to the boxing ring.
“He isn’t a combat novice, he is a world champion. He knows how to compete when the bell rings, but the key will be combining his energy and combat skills into his punches, and using his agility to move swiftly around the ring then delivering the knockout blow. We’re here to win.”
Meanwhile, Ngannou stated: “Bringing Mike Tyson into my training camp is one of the best decisions I can make to prepare for Tyson Fury. Mike Tyson is an idol of mine in the sport, his experience and boxing IQ will be important to honing my technique under his guidance to win this super-fight.
“I’ve been wanting this fight for years, and now that it’s here, I’m focused on fighting the greatest fight of my career and shocking the world on the most epic stage for the fans in Riyadh. On 28 October, the world will know who’s the baddest man on the planet.”
Briton Fury final fought in December, retaining the WBC title in opposition to Derek Chisora with a late TKO. The outcome noticed Fury, 34, keep unbeaten whereas securing a 3rd win in opposition to his compatriot.
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