Francis Ngannou appears to have accepted Tyson Fury’s strange demands for a boxing battle between the two. The 34-year-old recently expressed his desire to square off in the boxing ring against the former UFC heavyweight champion. He set forth four requirements for the “Baddest Man on the Planet” championship match.
Fury insisted that the match take place under Queensbury rules in a cage with 4-ounce gloves. In order to spice up the fight, he also wanted a well-known referee like Mike Tyson to preside over it. Francis Ngannou tweeted his agreement of the conditions in response to these demands.
The clause stating that the fight will take place under “Queensbury Rules” alludes to the set of regulations created by English journalist John Graham Chambers in 1867 to offer precise instructions for all participants in a boxing contest. The 12 rules include things like a prohibition on wrestling manoeuvres in the ring, three-minute rounds, and what to do if a combatant goes down.
It’s interesting to note that Francis Ngannou consented to use 4-ounce gloves for their boxing contest. Given that heavyweight fighters typically compete with a pair of 16-ounce gloves, having substantially lighter gloves could alter the course of their fight. It is significant to remember that professional MMA fights typically employ 4-ounce gloves.
Tom Aspinall weighs in on a potential Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury boxing match
After drawn-out negotiations over the conditions of his contract renewal with the promotion, Francis Ngannou suddenly quit the UFC earlier this year. The UFC’s refusal to let their then-heavyweight champion to compete in boxing outside of the organisation was shown to be one of the main obstacles.
The 36-year-old, who is currently a free agent, has made it known that he plans to enter the boxing ring and has requested a fight with Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua. Ngannou has concurred to the conditions outlined by the 34-year-old boxing champion, as was previously mentioned.
Despite being one of the most powerful punchers in combat sports, Tom Aspinall doesn’t think Ngannou will prevail over either of them. The No. 6 rated heavyweight in the UFC recently said to TalkSports: “these are worthwhile battles for publicity, money, and other things… Pure boxing is different; it is a whole distinct sport in and of itself. Francis Ngannou has a chance to win, but to be quite honest, I don’t think it’s a very good one. Boxing gloves and MMA gloves are used for very distinct types of punching.”
Although it appears like the two guys have decided to fight one another, this has not been officially confirmed. It appears that Tyson Fury wants to fight Oleksandr Usyk, and if it doesn’t work out, he’ll focus on Ngannou.