Francis Ngannou has been itching to step back inside the ring, but he’s out from action following a knee injury he sustained before his fight against Ciryl Gane. Ngannou took a big risk coming into the fight with an injury, but he lived up to his name and defended his UFC heavyweight throne in a spectacular fashion.
Ngannou had a little fall out with the UFC following a contract dispute. He wanted more money and permission to compete in boxing matches, but the UFC wasn’t interested in fulfilling any of his requests. Ngannou wanted to fight boxing’s heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, and The Gypsy King is more than willing to accept this fight.
Ngannou was in attendance for Fury’s last fight against Dillian Whyte, and after knocking out Whyte, he called Ngannou inside the octagon, and they discussed the possibility of a super fight between them. They touched on the idea of hybrid rules, where they’ll do alternative rounds of boxing and MMA.
Junior Dos Santos makes case for Tyson Fury being better than Francis Ngannou
Tyson Fury is considered the best boxer of our era, and many believe Ngannou is no match for The Gypsy King. Ngannou is well aware of Fury’s skills, but he believes with enough preparation, and his punching power he can definitely shut his lights off. Ngannou’s former opponent, and former UFC champion, Junior Dos Santos talked about the chances of Ngannou competing in boxing in his recent interview.
Talking to MMA Fighting, he said, “I don’t honestly think, based on his last performance, that he would have much success in boxing. Aside from his technique being a bit limited in the way he moves … boxing isn’t just punching, it’s movement, how where you stand and how you walk.”
“I see (Francis) being quite limited for the boxing world,” Santos added. “We’re talking about the guy who beat everybody — Tyson Fury, super tough, gigantic. … And as for the punching power, Tyson Fury fought Deontay Wilder, who hits like a truck. (Deontay’s) punch is a demolisher. Maybe Ngannou has as much knockout power, maybe a bit more or maybe a bit less, we don’t really know, especially with big gloves.“