If Francis Ngannou never fights Jon Jones, he may already have another marquee matchup brewing to make up for it.
It’s no secret that the UFC heavyweight champion’s first dream was to become a pro boxer, but Ngannou has since established himself as the baddest man in all of MMA with a stunning eight-year run capped off by his knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 260 this past March.
Ngannou is a marked man now, with Jones targeting him for his first fight at heavyweight and No. 1 contender Derrick Lewis waiting for his chance to dethrone the man he beat at UFC 226. With his star power on the rise, Ngannou has continued to make the media rounds, including an appearance on boxing legend Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast. Ngannou took a picture with Tyson afterwards and that drew the ire of one of today’s most popular boxers.
Tyson Fury tweeted out an image of Ngannou and Tyson, writing that after he fights Anthony Joshua (a heavyweight championship bout that is still to be made official), he’ll “roast” Ngannou also.
.@MikeTyson after I smash @anthonyjoshua I’ll roast that guy also.@francis_ngannou easy work. pic.twitter.com/CIubdSsFJC— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) April 13, 2021
He tagged Ngannou in the tweet, adding “easy work.”
This caught Ngannou’s attention and he responded with an image of Fury’s face bloodied from a September 2019 bout with Otto Wallin, asking “If this guy did this to you, what do you think I would do?”
If this guy did this to you, what do you think I would do? https://t.co/8LKhcnJY5O pic.twitter.com/ceqgnrUaTJ— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) April 13, 2021
Ngannou has won five straight fights since suffering the lone losses of his career to Miocic and Lewis. All 16 of his victories have come by way of knockout (12) or submission (4).
Fury is unbeaten in his pro boxing career with a 30-0-1 record and currently holds the WBC heavyweight title. He recently claimed that belt with a seventh-round TKO of rival Deontay Wilder.
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