Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has shared his aspirations and strategies for his much-anticipated fight against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Ngannou, originally from Cameroon, is gearing up to showcase his boxing finesse rather than simply relying on his renowned knockout power. He highlighted the risk of betting everything on one punch, especially against a formidable opponent like Fury, and confirmed that he will step into the ring as a complete boxer, prepared to tackle any situation that may arise.
"Well, you know, I have some knockout power, but you would be crazy if you walked into a fight against someone like Tyson Fury, just counting on knockout power. I’m going there to box, I’m going to walk into this fight as a boxer and I’m impressed to see how many people are counting me out of this. It also gets me excited, it’s one more thing that they keep doubting me and as usual, I will keep proving them wrong about this, I’m walking in there as a fighter. I’m not walking in there because I have a strong punch and yes, I can connect with it, I’m walking in there to fight, in case this fight goes to a decision. I will still expect to win, even by decision, I want to be prepared and win that fight, because it will cement my position as a boxer. I’m not an MMA fighter that is crossing over, as if power is the only thing that I have, that is not true," Ngannou was quoted as saying by Boxing Social.
Ngannou reiterated his determination to quash all skepticism and showcase his capabilities. He is prepared to vie for victory and is ready to face any potential outcomes, including a referee's decision.
The Fury-Ngannou bout is set to take place on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.