Tyson Fury warned Francis Ngannou punches ‘much harder’ than Deontay Wilder: ‘He’s got the hardest punch in the world’ | boxing news

Francis Ngannou punches harder than Deontay Wilder and would knock out Tyson Fury if he did a boxing crossover, his manager has warned.

Ngannou will unify the UFC heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane on Saturday night in California – it’s the last fight of his contract with the mixed martial arts organization.

“My dream since I was a kid was to become a boxer,” Ngannou said while revealing his desire to fight WBC champion Fury.

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Could Fury fight Ngannou next?

His manager Marquel Martin told Sky Sports: “Francis is dangerous for Fury because the best fighter to fight Fury to date is Deontay Wilder. Deontay is not known for his ‘soft science’ – he is known for his power. devastating.

“With that power, he was able to land some powerful shots (very hard to do) that put Tyson on the canvas a few times.

“I recognize that hitting Tyson is very difficult. However, if Francis were to spend six to 12 months strictly on boxing, I am confident that Francis can learn the mechanics and timing he would need to land powerful punches.

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The fight feud between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane continued at the UFC 270 press conference.

“Now I have all the respect in the world for Tyson, but Francis hits a lot harder than Deontay.

“It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact.

“Francis’ power has been measured and proven and experts have concluded that he has the hardest punch in the world.”

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder
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Fury fought Wilder three times and knocked him out twice

Since Conor McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather, a string of MMA fighters have stumbled inside the boxing ring, including Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley (who lost to Jake Paul) and Frank Mir (who was knocked out by Kubrat Pulev), although Anderson Silva found success. against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

“The one thing that differentiates Francis from other MMA fighters who try boxing is Francis’ reach and his God-given power – a really good equalizer when needed,” Martin said.

“Not to mention this is Francis Ngannou – his mindset is unlike anyone I’ve ever known. After everything he’s been through in life, he’s not afraid. He’s made to challenge probabilities.”

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Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane squared off for the first time ahead of their unification bout at UFC 270.

Ngannou said before the final fight on his current contract with the UFC: “I always knew that I wanted to be part of boxing in my career before my career ended.”

Martin said: “Obviously the business of the UFC is a priority in its current state, but Francis is very serious about boxing – it was his first dream. It’s what he left l ‘Africa to learn how to do. Not MMA. A lot of people don’t know this.’

What future for Tyson Fury?

The undefeated WBC champion remains locked in talks to fight his mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte – the deadline to strike a private deal, before purse offers are called, is Friday.

Anthony Joshua has triggered a rematch clause to fight IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, but a date and venue have yet to be finalized.

Usyk promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports this week that they are also discussing the next meeting with Fury, and that remains an option.

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Nico Ali Walsh

Saturday 5 February in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs. Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA & WBC middleweight titles

Saturday February 19 in Manchester
Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook
Frazer Clarke’s professional debut

Saturday 26 February in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall – undisputed welterweight titles
Nick Campbell vs. Jay McFarlane – Scottish heavyweight title

Saturday, March 5 in Fresno
Jose Ramirez vs. Jose Pedraza

Sunday March 20 in New York
Edgar Berlanga vs. Steve Rolls
Keyshawn Davis
Alexandre Zayas