‘7–8 Billion People, You Could Beat in a Fair Fight’ – Mike Tyson Gives Francis Ngannou an Extreme Introduction

Published 04/08/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


For many years, Mike Tyson has been famous as the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’. The hard-hitting boxer had so much power that he became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. However, at 54, Tyson may have officially passed on the crown to another fighter.

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The prestigious title seems to have gone to newly crowned UFC champion Francis Ngannou. Fresh off a fantastic knockout victory over Stipe Miocic, the honors keep coming for the Cameroonian. However, the latest one will hold a special value to him.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Tyson welcomed the 16-3 MMA fighter on his podcast, ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson’. ‘Iron Mike’ gave Ngannou a grand welcome and referred to him as “The new UFC heavyweight champion of the entire world. What’s that…? 7 billion people? What’s the world’s population…? 7-8 billion people? 7-8 billion people, you could beat in a fair fight. The children, the babies, the girls…”

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Therefore, with this comment, Tyson all but handed over the title of ‘Baddest Man’ to Ngannou. Moreover, it showed how highly the iconic boxer rates the new UFC champion, and given the power of Ngannou within the octagon, there will be very few arguments with Tyson’s claims.

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Do these comments from Mike Tyson hold value even in the boxing ring?

With his comments, Tyson made it clear that he thinks Ngannou would beat any combat artist in a fight. While some may disagree with his comments, many will agree with these claims in the octagon. However, does it apply in the boxing ring too?

If Tyson’s comment suggests ‘The Predator’ is the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet,’ then he thinks that the new UFC heavyweight champion would defeat boxers like Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. And while his power would be enough to dispatch both the champions, it would be harder than it appears.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: (R-L) Francis Ngannou of Cameroon kicks Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Both Fury and Joshua are skilled technicians. Furthermore, unlike MMA, a boxing fight would not allow Ngannou to use his vicious kicks. Therefore, it would be harder for him to catch the boxing champions. However, the UFC champion has already expressed his desire to fight them.

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Despite this, if only power was the sole consideration, Ngannou certainly tops the list among all combat sports. Therefore, it is clear to see why Mike Tyson rates the Cameroonian so highly.

What do you make of these comments from Mike Tyson? 

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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