Tyson Fury taunts Francis Ngannou – is boxing the next challenge for UFC heavyweight champion? | Boxing News

    Tyson Fury has dared Francis Ngannou to crossover into the boxing ring, hours after the UFC champion retained his title and talked up a change of sports.

    WBC champion Fury posted on social media: “Congratulations Ngannou, but if you want to make some real money come see the [Gypsy King].”

    Ngannou unified the UFC heavyweight division by out-grappling and outpointing Ciryl Gane on Saturday night.

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    British UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall believes that Francis Ngannou should be rewarded financially by the UFC and admits it would be a big blow if he left.

    He then said: “Boxing is always in my back pocket. It is something I must do before the end of my career.

    “I am looking for opportunities to do it. I am thinking about it.”

    But Tom Aspinall, Britain’s emerging UFC heavyweight contender, dismissed Ngannou’s chances of successfully switching sports.

    “He can’t be competitive,” Aspinall said.

    “It does not translate.

    “I have sparred rounds with Tyson Fury myself.

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    “Boxing for MMA doesn’t translate into pure boxing as well as MMA fighters think.

    “Those guys have been doing 12 rounds forever and know how to control their energy.

    “Boxing in MMA is predominantly just boxing. There is so much more to boxing – they are clever with energy, how to ride punches, turn punches over, hit to the body.

    “There is a whole load of stuff that MMA fighters don’t understand.”

    Ngannou’s victory on Saturday night was his final fight on his current UFC contract.

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    Francis Ngannou is unsure of his UFC future

    Ngannou’s manager Marquel Martin previously insisted: “Francis is dangerous for Fury because the best fighter to fight Fury to date is Deontay Wilder. Deontay isn’t known for ‘sweet science’ – he’s known for his devastating power.

    “With that power, he was able to successfully land some (very hard to do) power shots that put Tyson on the canvas a few times.

    “I acknowledge it’s very difficult to hit Tyson. However, if Francis was to put together six to 12 months on strictly boxing, I’m confident Francis can learn the mechanics and timing he’d need to land some power shots.

    “Francis hits way harder than Deontay.

    “Francis is very serious about boxing – that was his first dream. That’s what he left Africa to learn how to do.”

    Sky Sports Boxing schedule

    Sunday January 30 in Tulsa
    Robson Conceicao vs Xavier Martinez – WBC super-featherweight title eliminator
    Nico Ali Walsh

    Saturday February 5 in Cardiff
    Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
    Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles

    Saturday February 19 in Manchester
    Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
    Frazer Clarke’s pro debut

    Saturday February 26 in Glasgow
    Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight titles
    Nick Campbell vs Jay McFarlane – Scottish heavyweight title

    Saturday March 5 in Fresno
    Jose Ramirez vs Jose Pedraza

    Sunday March 20 in New York
    Edgar Berlanga vs Steve Rolls
    Keyshawn Davis
    Xander Zayas

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