“He is a slippery character,” Heavyweight boxing champion who sparred both Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou reveals who hits harder

Olympic Silver medalist Joe Joyce shared his personal opinion after sparring with both Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou. He remarked that Ngannou will have to land a significant punch to win the bout.


“He is a slippery character,” Heavyweight boxing champion who sparred both Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou reveals who hits harder

Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou (image credit- IMAGO)

The heavily awaited crossover bout between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou remains a few months away. Boxing fans, MMA fans, and analysts have made massive speculations about the bout’s result. Joe Joyce is a British professional boxer who sparred against Fury and Ngannou in the ring. He chimed in on the discussion.

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Joyce commented that Tyson Fury had the advantage of experience and the ability to adapt to any situation. However, Ngannou can put anyone out of their misery with a single well-aimed or calculated punch. He further stated that he wanted to see if Ngannou could triumph with the knockout power. In an interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Joyce admitted that Ngannou hit harder than anyone else. Joyce said, ” Fury is a slippery character, but he has shown that he can hit hard too. You can see that from the way that he knocked out Whyte and Wilder.

The Olympic Silver medalist has trained with Fury for around 30 rounds ahead of Fury’s first fight with Wilder in December 2018. He trained with Ngannau two years later. Hence, his opinions came from his first-hand experience after sparring with both. Joyce stated that Ngannou’s boxing skills remain average, but he has a clear advantage in terms of power. This is not very surprising as Ngannou had the most devastating punch in the UFC heavyweight division.

However, Joyce expressed his uncertainty about Tyson Fury letting him land that KO punch as Fury will have experience on his side. In addition, Joyce expressed his disappointment about Fury not facing Oleksandr Usyk to unify the heavyweight titles. Fury vs. Usyk should happen in the near future as it holds great significance to the heavyweight division.

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Andy Ruiz calls out Tyson Fury for avoiding Oleksandr Usyk

Andy Ruiz and  Tyson Fury
Andy Ruiz and Tyson Fury (image credit- Mirror)

Negotiations for Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk continued for almost a year until it fell apart completely. Subsequently, it led to Fury finalizing his cross-over fight with Ngannou while Usyk defended his title against Daniel Dubois.

In March 2023, Andy Ruiz called out Fury after his bout with Usyk got canceled. However, Ruiz’s plan did not materialize as Fury soon enough announced his fight with Ngannou. Recently, Ruiz has again called out Fury for ducking Usyk claiming that Fury wanted easier fights.

Usyk’s skilled performance against Dubois might have piqued Fury’s interest for an undisputed title fight between them. However, both sides must come to an agreement before they can announce the bout.

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