“I Was Barefoot”: Despite $5 Million Fortune, Francis Ngannou Didn’t Buy His Pick for ‘GOAT’ Sneaker Once Wore by Pop Icon Jay-Z as Air Jordan Collection Becomes MMA Star’s New Favorite

Published 09/06/2023, 9:52 AM EDT

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Francis Ngannou is gearing up for his boxing debut. His adversary for the bout is the undisputed champion, Tyson Fury. Moreover, to elevate the stakes of the match, we have Mike Tyson. This is because ‘Iron Mike’ is training Ngannou for his forthcoming match with ‘The Gypsy King.’ So, ‘Kid Dynamite’ and Ngannou are often seen together these days and recently, they gave an interview with the YouTube channel Complex. However, what stood out was Francis’ discussion on sneakers.

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Imagine having $5 million but skipping on your dream sneakers. Unbelievable, right? That’s Francis Ngannou for you. He recently spilled the beans on “GOAT Talk” with Mike Tyson. In the interview, he talked about his sneaker likes, life views, and more. Moreover, he revealed that he didn’t buy his desired ‘GOAT’ sneakers that were once worn by pop icon Jay-Z. But why didn’t he buy the sneakers? Read to find out!

Why did Francis Ngannou not buy his favorite ‘GOAT’ Sneaker?

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Francis Ngannou, the MMA star from Cameroon and France, boasts a net worth many envy. Yet, in a heart-to-heart with Mike Tyson, he admitted to never buying his ‘GOAT’ sneaker, once sported by Jay-Z. “I was barefoot at that time, and I was just like, ‘I hope I have those shoes.’ And for so long, Air Force was in my mind. Like, whenever I have money and if I can afford it, I’ll have that Air Force. But I have a lot of Jordans, so I would say Jordan.” Ngannou shared.

Then, he recalled when he first saw Jay-Z in Air Force sneakers in a 2000 video. Francis said, “But I remember growing up, uh, back in 2000. I saw a video clip; it was Jay-Z, and he was going up the stairs with the white Air Force.”  This revelation turns heads, given Ngannou’s current Air Jordan stash. Despite his wealth, he skipped the Air Force sneakers for Air Jordans. The topic concluded on a humorous note as Mike quipped, “I’m not going to tell you what my GOAT sneaker is because no one’s paying me yet for wearing them but until then I’ll let you know.”

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The latest scoop about Fury vs. Ngannou

The fight world is buzzing with Ngannou’s debut match in boxing. Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury will face off on October 28. Official boxing rules apply, and three judges will be ringside. Heavyweight contender, Derek Chisora backs Ngannou to drop Fury. Mike Tyson, Ngannou’s trainer, warns Fury and believes Ngannou will give a legitimate fight.

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Moreover, Mike has even made bold claims about Ngannou’s power. According to him, Ngannou’s punching power is harder than anybody. However, Fury has claimed that it doesn’t matter even if Ngannou was trained by Bruce Lee or Muhammad Ali. This is because he believes he is going to knock out him.

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Francis Ngannou’s life is a blend of paradoxes. He’s a millionaire athlete who didn’t buy his dream sneakers, a ferocious fighter with a soft spot for Air Jordans, and an MMA star gearing up for a monumental boxing match. It’s these complexities that make Ngannou a compelling figure, both inside and outside the ring.

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So, what do you think about Francis Ngannou’s surprising sneaker revelation and his upcoming fight? Are you as intrigued by his choices as we are? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Tanya Tewari

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