Tyson Fury has confirmed that he is keen to face UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in the octagon once he has dealt with heavyweight boxing rivals, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
Fury has previously hinted that he would be interested in a crossover contest after retiring from boxing, with the current WBC heavyweight champion even going as far as to train with UFC middleweight star Darren Till and MMA legend Nick Diaz.
However, in a recent interview with talkSPORT, Fury confirmed that he no longer had any interest in competing in MMA but would be open to fighting in a cage with the lighter 4oz MMA gloves.
“No, I’ve got no real interest in grappling up and down on the floor and all that sort of stuff," Fury stated.
“I’m a stand-up fighting man, I don’t wrestle up and down and grab each other’s arms and sit on each other and all that."
Now, a few weeks later, Fury has confirmed that he will fight Francis Ngannou once he has defeated Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
The Gypsy King is still training with former UFC title challenger Diaz, who is also set to return to the octagon in the near future, and believes he will have the edge in a "stand-up bang-out" against Ngannou.
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“Nick [Diaz] looks good. Nick is training hard and he is making his comeback,” the Gypsy King confirmed to TMZ Sports.
“He did tell me that Ngannou can’t do any wrestling anyway, so we are just looking for a stand-up bang-out.
“Me and Ngannou in the small gloves, let’s make it happen.
“As soon as I am done with Wilder and Joshua, I will fight Ngannou in an octagon, in the four-ounce gloves and just punching.”
While a contest between Fury and Ngannou would undoubtedly sell a huge number of pay-per-views, the current WBC heavyweight champion would be wise to not overlook his upcoming trilogy bout with Wilder, and potential fights against Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in the future.
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder III is set to take place on July 24th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles on the line.
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The bout comes 17 months after Fury’s stunning seventh-round knockout of Wilder in their 2020 rematch. Neither man has competed since, and the Gypsy King will enter the clash as a heavy favourite.
The event is set to be a night full of heavyweight action, with a handful of other bouts already booked on the undercard. Most notably, Robert Helenius will face Adam Kownacki in their highly anticipated rematch.
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