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Tyson Fury would hold UFC star Francis Ngannou ‘over the head’ in boxing ring, says former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli | MMA News

UFC star Francis Ngannou wouldn’t stand a chance against Tyson Fury or one of boxing’s top heavyweights if he decided to step into the ring, believes the former WBO heavyweight champion and MMA fan, Enzo Maccarinelli.

Ngannou is gearing up to headline UFC 270 on Saturday as he meets Ciryl Gane in their heavyweight unification clash after knocking out Stipe Miocic last March to rise to the top of the division.

The 35-year-old’s UFC contract is due to expire this month following his title defense, and speculation has resurfaced suggesting The Predator could switch disciplines in order to fight two-time heavyweight champion Fury.

Fury recently took to Twitter to offer a mixed rules fight involving boxing rules but significantly lighter UFC gloves.

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Francis Ngannou snubbed Ciryl Gane last year as their rivalry heats up!

“That’s what we’re talking about, is he switching to boxing to start a career or is he switching to boxing to fight one of the best boys?”, Maccarinelli told Sky Sports.

“If he’s going to fight one of the best boys, he has no hope in hell, just like they would have no hope in hell in a cage with him.

“It’s two different sports, it’s two different sets of rules, two different ways to hold the legs, two different ways to approach a fight, it’s just crazy.

“You think, Ngannou coming to talk about Joshua, Fury, Uysk, they would put it on the head, Wilder, Joe Joyce.
It’s a different setting and people would say its power, but it’s just totally different.”

Ngannoue recently told ESPN MMA that he would “definitely” switch to boxing at some point in his career, adding that he wanted to sign a contract with the UFC that included the right to pursue in-ring opportunities.

In the plot about the possible crossover, it’s about whether he could translate the peak punching power on display in the Octagon into a legitimate threat between the ropes.

Conor McGregor was beaten comfortably after making the switch to fight Floyd Mayweather, and Maccarinelli expects a similar fate for Ngannou.

“Mayweather fought McGregor, all McGregor fans are like ‘he’s the toughest puncher he’s ever faced’, it’s just different levels,” he added.

“People will say about the gloves, a good friend of mine John Phillips, a UFC fighter, he tried on a pair of my gloves and he said he’d rather get hit with an MMA glove, he didn’t There’s not a lot of padding, all the weight is in the cuffs. What the boxing glove does is it has that bigger target, which the MMA glove doesn’t.

“With Ngannou he would come out swinging, and he would still be dangerous, I’m not saying he can’t punch because obviously he can, but he’s going to come out swinging and fight one of those best boys like Fury and they’ll just make him messy, he’d get tired in a few rounds because of the way he fought, he’d have to change his tactics.”

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Tyson Fury was a surprise guest at Madison Square Garden and led the crowd in singing happy birthday to Bob Arum.

But Maccarinelli admits there would be public demand to see Ngannou in a boxing ring, and believes there are plenty of fighters who would jump at the chance to face the French Cameroonian.

“I can see him doing it, I don’t think it would be an exhibition game, I think he would like to try,” he added.

“But I can’t see him jumping straight with one of the big boys, I’m sure one of the top boys wouldn’t say no. If I fought I would 100%. I think no any boxer would.

“Offer Dillian Whyte to fight Ngannou and he’ll take it like that *clicks* I heard Ngannou did show up fighting Joe Joyce but then again the fight is the fight, the fight is the fight.”

Whyte has also been linked with a fight against Ngannou before and told Sky Sports last year he believed he could “beat him in both styles”.

“I don’t think he has anything special, whatever they want (boxing or MMA),” he added.

“The guy is scared, so if doing MMA makes him feel better. If we have a cage fight first, he might take it, but if we offer him a boxing fight, then he might say, ‘ No no no .'”

Fury remains in talks to defend his WBC title against Whyte, his mandatory challenger.