Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury is one of those “what if” fights and matchups, a matchup so enticing you can’t help but start getting your mouth watering; the odds of it Actually deliver, however, are quite thin.
You can’t just put two of the biggest dudes you can find in a cage or a ring and call it a day – though both are some of the most capable fighters on the planet. It’s all about styles and matches, skills and abilities. If there is an insurmountable gap between the two competitors, the fight will simply not live up to the hype.
Surely most people will connect regardless of whether the match makes sense or not, but the point remains nonetheless.
Francis Ngannou is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the scariest individuals on the face of the planet. There really is no other way to say it. He’s no boxer, though, and he’s not even close to mastering “soft science.” The fact that he can trade blows and turn off someone’s lights changes very little in that regard – there’s levels in boxing, and no one understands that better than the “Gypsy King,” one of the greatest heavyweights to ever don a pair of 10-ounce gloves.
Now, we’re not saying Ngannou wouldn’t stand a chance – far from it, in fact. He is an imposing giant, endowed with immense strength and agility. It’s a specimen, one in a million, and as such would undoubtedly present a very particular threat to Tyson Fury.
Whatever Francis lacks in nuance or finesse, he more than makes up for in his power and ability to knock your head off in a split second.
FURY KNOWS HIS WAY AROUND AN “ATOMIC” PUNCHER
But so has Deontay Wilder and many other heavyweights that Tyson Fury has outclassed, often with ease. They didn’t lose to Fury because of their lack of power, but rather because they couldn’t compete in other (perhaps even more crucial) areas. You’re not going to knock out the “Gypsy King” and finish him off; many have tried and just as many have failed.
And all of them were extremely confident in their ability to “seal the deal,” which only adds to the legend that is Tyson Fury.
How could we ever side with Francis Ngannou, however dominant he was?
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Cross Battles – Entertaining but Useless
The biggest reason MMA’s biggest stars want to go up against boxing stars isn’t because of their heritage or tantalizing storylines — it’s about the money and nothing more. The money you can make in boxing (at the highest level, of course) is many, many times greater than in MMA.
Ngannou, for example, only won $600,000 for his victory over Cyril Gane (show and win money). That’s without any “behind the scenes” bonuses or pay-per-view points he supposedly turned down. Tyson Fury, on the other hand, earned more than $33 million for his victory over Dillian Whyte.
Let it sink in.
To make things equal After interesting, this number not include his PPV cut. He is the best in the world, so of course he deserves such a high salary, but so does Ngannou, and yet his bank account is not nearly as crowded or overflowing with Benjamin Franklins.
What is the heist?
Well, there are a multitude of obstacles that stand in the way. First, Ngannou tore both ACLs and MCL just before UFC 270 and is currently recovering. Tyson Fury, on the other hand, is happily retired and currently considering his options (of which there are many). He is also very interested in facing Ngannou but his hands seem tied.
IT SEEMS DESTINED
That said, both fighters have expressed interest in making this fight happen earlier rather than later and are therefore almost certain to meet at some point in the near future. Francis is currently in a very bad relationship with the UFC and has made his demands and demands as clear as day.
If the superiors do not want to budge, he will be take time off from his contract and then seek greener pastures. This, too, he made clear.
Fury, on the other hand, seeks to channel all of his energy and time into other avenues and forms of entertainment — including a “crossover” bout with one of the scariest UFC champions of all time.
Tyson Fury destroyed his home, cemented his place in the heavyweight pantheon and is still looking to take on one of the most dangerous fighters to ever take flesh. Say what you want about the “Gypsy King”, but he’s certainly not the one who shy away from a challenge!
And his ability to sell a fight and attract millions of eyeballs is equally astounding. No less than 94,000 tickets were sold for his fight with Dillian, a number high enough to fill Wembley Stadium “to the brim”.
A MOST HISTORIC MATCH-UP
If they were to exchange a few harsh words – not to mention a little fight at a press conference – Fury against Ngannou would probably sell like hot cakes! The fight is basically marketing himself: one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time and one of the most powerful heavyweights in mixed martial arts history.
It probably wouldn’t be that competitive, though. Boxing is not something that can be fully learned or mastered “on the side”. Guys like Fury have done it their whole lives; they’ve grasped its many nuances – details and tricks that can only be learned through decades of rehearsal and combat experience inside a ring.
Ngannou, being as powerful as he is, would certainly have a punching chance (to say the least), but the experience delta between him and Fury is gargantuan and, more likely than not, insurmountable. So it’s incredibly difficult to imagine a world in which “The Predator” comes out on top.
That being said, this fight is almost certainly will be take place. There are never any guarantees, of course, but both men know it would be a spectacular payday – and an utterly fascinating challenge, to boot; one that would no doubt further solidify their (already incredible) legacy.
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