Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou: Preview and Our Fight Prediction

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Tyson Fury, known to all of his fans as the Gypsy King, is not one who is known for being able to keep his mouth shut. He has been wanting to fight Anthony Joshua for quite some time now, but it does not look like this fight will be happening anytime soon. Thus, Fury has decided to look elsewhere for his next challenge, and it looks like he has set his sights on Francis Ngannou, who is the UFC heavyweight champion. Below we will take a closer look at both fighters and give our prediction on what the outcome of a fight between them would be.

A Social Media Invitation into the Ring

On the 6th of January 2022, Fury left a post on Twitter asking his followers whether they would like to see him take on Ngannou in a fight with boxing rules and UFC gloves. Ngannou replied almost immediately and suggested that it should be a fight with MMA rules and boxing gloves. Fury, as you would expect from him, took the exchange to a whole new level and suggested that he would knockout the UFC Champion but that he should accept the fight anyway as he will walk around with a huge amount of money.

Ngannou recently confirmed in an interview with DAZN that this is a fight that would definitely happen at some stage, although we still do not know what date it will take place on. Ngannou is currently in talks about a new UFC contract, and he has already stated that he wants the option of taking part in boxing fights to be added to any new deal that is made. If the UFC refuse this, then it is likely that he will leave the UFC world.

We have already seen crossover fights between the boxing and MMA world before, with Conor McGregor's fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr being the biggest and highest grossing fight to date. However, if a fight was to be scheduled between the heavyweight MMA champion and the heavyweight boxing champion, then it will more than likely be even bigger than that bout. This really would be a clash of the titans.

Francis Ngannou Preview

One thing that you will notice when you see Ngannou for the first time is that he is a beast of a man. He stands at six foot four inches (193cm) and weighs in at 250 pounds (113 kilograms) and has a reach of 83 inches (211 cm). He is known as "The Predator" and we think that this is a very apt name for the Cameroonian as he tends to make light work of almost anyone that steps into the octagon with him. He has been recorded as the hardest puncher in the world, so his opponents had best steer clear of his fists.

To date, he has fought in 20 UFC fights and his record stands at 17 wins and three defeats. In total, 12 of these wins have been via knockout or technical knockout, which means that in 71% of his victories his opponents have been left seeing stars in their eyes. Four of his wins (24%) have come about due to submissions, while the judges have awarded him a victory on one occasion (6%). His three losses were against Derrick Lewis, Stipe Miocic, and Zoumana Cisse and all of these were by via the judges' decision.

He has made light work of a number of his opponents. For example, on the 9th of May 2020, he took on Jairzinho Rozenstruik and knocked him out with just 20 seconds on the clock. Then, on the 17th of February 2019, he fought Cain Velasquez and knocked him to the canvas after just 26 seconds. On the 24th of November 2018, he entered the Octagon against Curtis Blaydes and the referee stopped the fight with only 45 seconds gone. Also, a fight against Luc Ngeleka on the 20th of September 2014

was over in just 43 seconds when Ngannou got him in a Guillotine Choke and forced him to submit with only 43 seconds on the clock.

Obviously, we cannot give you any boxing stats of his as he is yet to make his debut in the ring. However, we are pretty certain that he would be more than able to hold his own in the ring. In fact, he is not completely new to boxing as he started boxing training at the age of 22, but had to stop for four years due to an illness. He moved to Paris at the age of 26 to take up professional boxing, but was convinced to go into MMA instead. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tyson Fury preview

While Ngannou is a beast of a man, he still, believe it or not, pales in comparison to Tyson Fury. The Gypsy King stands at six foot nine inches (209cm) and weighs in at about 258 pounds (117kg) - although his weight has fluctuated a lot over the years. There is not a man on this planet who can make Fury look small.

To date, Fury has fought in 32 fights, and he has 31 wins and 1 draw to his name, meaning that he is yet to lose a fight to anyone. From his 31 wins, he has knocked out 22 of his opponents, which gives him a knockout percentage of 71%. The only boxer who can say that he has stepped into the ring with the Gypsy King and has not lost is Deontay Wilder - they fought each other on the 1st of December 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and the judges scored it as a draw. However, they have fought twice since then, once on the 22nd of February 2020 and once on the 9th of October 2021, and Fury won them both.

Overall, he has fought in 204 rounds, which means that his professional fights are an average of 6.4 rounds long. His sheer size is obviously an advantage when he steps into the ring, but his reach of 85 inches (216 cm) is something that many of his opponents in the past have struggled against. Fury fights using a traditional orthodox stance, which means that he uses his right hand to do all of the big hitting when he is in the ring. Also, one would think that a man of his sheer size would be clumsy on his feet, but that is not the case with Fury - he might be a big man but he is very light on his feet and he actually considers himself to be a very good dancer.

Our Prediction for the Fight

So, if this fight does go ahead at some point this year, how do we think it will turn out? Well, usually you can look at the bookmakers for clues as to what way a fight will end up going, but obviously sports betting sites are currently not offering odds for this bout because it has not been scheduled yet. However, we would put our money on Fury being the clear favourite for this fight since he has a lot more boxing experience under his belt. As well as this experience, he has proven himself to be one of the best boxers that the world has ever seen.

There is a lot of hype surrounding this potential fight and a simulation of the fight that was uploaded to the "Boxing Fight Simulations" channel on YouTube showed the fight being fought with 120z gloves on the "Fight Night Champion" boxing game. The bout was scheduled for 12 rounds, but it only ended up lasting four rounds as Fury put Ngannou on the canvas with a brute of a right hand.

Now, when it comes to boxing betting, we do not usually recommend that you place your bets according to a match that has been simulated on YouTube, but in this case, we do actually think that there is a good chance that what played out in the simulator could play out in real life. Although, we do think that the fight will last longer than four rounds, we think that Fury will have too much boxing nous for his inexperienced opponent and will knock him out in the sixth or seventh round.

Fury will have to be wary of Ngannou’s extremely hard hits, but if there is one thing that the Gypsy King has shown us down the years it is that he does not have a glass chin. In fact, we do not think that there are many other boxers on the circuit at the moment that can take a hit as well as Fury can. There have been times where Fury has been knocked to the canvas courtesy of a huge blow to the head, but he has simply brushed himself down, and got back up like nothing has happened. So, even if Ngannou does connect with a big hit or two, we would back the Gypsy King to brush it off.

Our prediction for the fight if it goes ahead: Fury to win via knockout.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Tyson Fury Vs Francis Ngannou Fight?

At the current moment in time, there is no scheduled date for this fight. It might not even happen as things can change quickly in the boxing world. When we find out more about this event, we will return to this page and input the necessary updates. Also, when there are odds available, we will provide an odds table so you can see the odds on offer from some of the best bookmakers.

Who Will Win This Fight?

There are no odds on offer for this fight yet, but as soon as the fight is scheduled and the odds are released, we would expect to see Fury as the favourite to go on to win it. We would agree with such odds as Fury is one of the best boxers that the world has seen, and he has a lot more experience than in the ring than Ngannou has.