“This Guy Punches Harder Than Anybody …”: Mike Tyson Makes Bold Claim Ahead of Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou

Published 08/25/2023, 9:20 AM EDT

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A thunderous clash is on the horizon. The protagonists of this bout are Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou. Where it’s the debut match for Francis Ngannou, the speculations around the fight are at their peak. While many have a clear verdict that is primarily one-sided, favoring ‘The Gypsy King,’ Mike Tyson has a different one. As known by all, Iron Mike has been training Ngannou for his forthcoming bout with Fury. Moreover, he’s training Francis in the peek-a-boo boxing style he has mastered himself.

However, after spending significant time training Ngannou, Mike is all praises for him. He even invited Francis to his podcast, “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” where they discussed various topics at length. Moreover, Kid Dynamite also elucidated his perception of Ngannou’s power. Furthermore, in a recent tweet by Michael Benson, we see Mike give startling revelations about Francis’ prowess.

How does Mike Tyson define Ngannou’s boxing skills?


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Mike Tyson, a name synonymous with boxing greatness, is always appreciative of great talent. In a recent tweet by Benson, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ was quoted as saying, “Tyson’s never been in the ring with a guy that can punch this hard. I think this guy punches harder than anybody he’s ever fought.”

What does Tyson see in Ngannou that others might have missed? The answer lies in Ngannou’s raw power and technique, a combination that Tyson believes surpasses anyone Fury has faced before.


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Furthermore, it’s a claim that adds fuel to the fire, setting the stage for a fight that promises to be nothing short of explosive. Even in his podcast, Iron Mike lauded his prowess saying that all the people he fought are still knocked out. Indeed this acknowledgement by the boxing legend is something worthy of notice.

What’s the latest update about the bout?

The stage is set, and the countdown has begun. Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou is not just any fight, it’s a fight with high stakes. Now that, the megastar Mike Tyson has himself joined the fray, there are a lot of expectations. However, it looks like ‘The Gypsy King’, named after Iron Mike himself doesn’t seem to be affected by him training Ngannou. Additionally, in a tweet, Fury said that even if Bruce Lee or Muhammad Ali trained the former UFC fighter, he would still lose.

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Furthermore, after retiring from UFC earlier in 2023, Francis wants to bench his legacy in boxing. On the other hand, Tyson Fury is the WBC heavyweight champion with far more ring experience than Ngannou.  Moreover, Francis Ngannou’s rise to prominence, coupled with Tyson Fury’s continued dominance, has created a perfect storm for a fight that will be remembered for ages.


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The fighters are set to face each other in the ring on 28th October, 2023 and fans have immense anticipation.


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“This Guy Punches Harder Than Anybody …”: Mike Tyson’s bold claim sets the stage. Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou is more than a battle of fists. It’s a clash of philosophies, styles,  and legacies. The world waits. But one question remains: Who will win? Only time will tell. One thing is certain – don’t miss this fight.

What do you think about Mike Tyson’s claim? Do you agree with the legend? Or do you have a different take? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Tanya Tewari


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Tanya Tewari is a Boxing Writer at Essentially Sports. She has beautifully blended her love for the combat sport with her fondness for writing. She is especially interested in bringing out the different sides of a persona to the rest of the world.
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Arijit Saha