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“Gonna Make History”: Mike Tyson & Francis Ngannou Stun Fans With Photos From Their First Training Session for Fury Fight

Published 08/05/2023, 10:10 AM EDT

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Only a few more months, and then Tyson Fury will finally get to enter the ring for his long impending fight. But the bout will not be one that the world anticipated. Since Fury won over Derek Chisora in December last year, there have been calls for him to fight Oleksandr Usyk. If the fight did undergo its course, it would see the two fighters battle it out for the ultimate unification of all titles in the Heavyweight division. But now Francis Ngannou has entered the scene.

The scheduled match between Fury and Usyk in December this year collapsed. The reason for this has been attributed to ‘The Gypsy King’ not agreeing to the deal offered by Usyk’s team. Now that this matchup seemed undoable, Tyson was on the lookout for another fighter with whom he could fight. It was earlier announced that he will enter the ring against Cameroonian fighter Francis Ngannou.

Ngannou is an ex-UFC fighter who pulled out of the combat sport after his relationship with Dana White deteriorated. The company has strict clauses against their fighter venturing outside of the UFC. However, the world seems to be poles apart regarding this fight. But there is one legendary boxer who has taken on to train Ngannou for his debut in the boxing arena.

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Francis Ngannou has a befitting trainer for his boxing debut

It was earlier announced by ‘The Predator’ Ngannou’s team that he is teaming up with Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson. In the press release, ‘Iron Mike’, said, “It is no secret I back Ngannou 100 percent in this faceoff of champions.” Speaking about Ngannou’s preparations for the fight, Mike added, “He has one hard punch, and when it lands, it’s game over. I am looking forward to working with Ngannou and supporting his transition from the octagon to the boxing ring.”

Amidst these developments, the retired boxer also posted a picture on his Instagram. He was seen training Francis for the big night.

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The picture speaks volumes about the dedication Ngannou is showing for his big night against Tyson Fury. However, the news of Mike teaming up with Fury’s opponent might not have gone well with the latter. After all, Tyson Fury’s father named his eldest son after Mike. Folks have been quick to identify this. For instance, OMAR said, ” Not cool for Tyson Fury tho you’re his idol and he’s named after you...”

Amol Gill was all in favor of Francis winning his maiden bout. The user commented, Imagine getting trained by the youngest heavyweight champion of all time. Francis gonna make history.”

Richie Richie thinks bringing on Mike Tyson is the best decision Ngannou’s team could make. He commented, ” say. Who better than Mike to help and teach Francis on how to effectively use and unleash punching power. This is a great training combo that Francis will benefit for his coming boxing match.”

Luke Morton expressed his disappointment over Tyson Fury. He commented on the fact that Fury will not be facing a heavyweight champion but instead, a fighter who’s never done pro-boxing. This also comes against the backdrop of Fury being a WBC heavyweight champion. The user commented, “Mad how many people have lost respect for fury and want Francis to win! I’m a huge fury fan but can you imagine! as a fury fan I feel like he’s pushing us away! so yeah… come one Francis!”

Jeffery MC took shots at Dana White. The user commented, ” “Mike Tyson was never my friend” – Dana White”

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The matchup will not see Tyson Fury’s title on the line. As Francis harnesses this opportunity in his favor to enter the sport of boxing, questions have been raised about Tyson.

Do you think this matchup quashes the legacy Tyson Fury has made in the boxing ring? Let us know in the comments section below.

Watch This Story: Everything We Know So Far About Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou

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Mohammed Shafiulla is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports , who has ample experience in the field of Journalism. He is extremely passionate about the combat sport and believes in infusing life into his work. Through the medium of Sports, he wishes to touch upon discourses that often go unnoticed.
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