“Godzilla Versus King Kong”- Teddy Atlas Says Tyson Fury Versus Francis Ngannou Will Be a ‘Monster Movie’

Published 01/13/2022, 10:30 AM EST
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon celebrates his KO victory over Cain Velasquez in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Credits Getty Images)


Boxing and MMA fans have been excited ever since Tyson Fury called out UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou for a boxing match. This is a dream matchup that combat sports enthusiasts would love to see.

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‘The Predator’ is set to defend his title against Ciryl Gane at UFC 270. This itself will be a huge fight. But a heavyweight crossover between Ngannou and Tyson Fury will be absolutely smashing.

In a recent video, Teddy Atlas and Ken Rideout were seen discussing some of the most awaited fights of 2022. So they also happened to talk about the possibility of Tyson Fury and Ngannou clashing, plus the hype it would create.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 28: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Target Center on June 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Atlas said, “Very big is the opportunity to have a guy as big as Ngannou to get your imagination going, you know and well-spoken and great story, be able to fight almost the mythical, the question that’s always out there, ‘who’s better? The MMA guy, the boxer’, you know, who’s the baddest man on the planet? So you have an opportunity that doesn’t come along too often.”

He further stated, “With everything involved, the way he looks, his size, you know. The way he represents himself, the backstory, his power and could fight Fury for the heavyweight championship of the world.”

Using the movie Rocky as an analogy where Apollo Creed had said, “Sounds like a damn monster movie,” Atlas feels that Ngannou and Tyson Fury’s boxing match would be nothing short of a ‘monster movie‘. He and his co-host Rideout feel like “Godzilla versus King Kong” also illustrates this matchup well.

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Tyson Fury versus Francis Ngannou

There is no doubt that both are extremely skilled fighters in their respective sports. However, if Ngannou accepts the boxing match against ‘The Gypsy King’, he might have to be extra careful because he will be entering Fury’s zone. So he wouldn’t be able to utilize many moves he could easily execute in MMA.

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Regardless of the outcome, this fight would be a huge deal for everyone. Do you think Francis Ngannou can defeat Fury in a boxing match? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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