Mike Tyson Describes Francis Ngannou’s Payday As ‘My Training Expenses’

Mike Tyson isn’t impressed by how much Francis Ngannou makes.

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya appeared on a recent episode of Tyson’s “Hotboxin’” podcast where he shouted out his close friend, Ngannou, UFC’s heavyweight champion. Adesanya credited Ngannou for opening up the fighter pay conversation within the promotion’s fighters.

“Shout out to my boy, my big brother Francis, he kicked the door down and said ‘Look, this is what’s happening,” Adesanya said.

“They’re paying me this much and I’m this guy.’ He put it all out there. Mike, imagine at the height of your career, you’re fighting and you’re getting paid the equivalent of $600k to fight. That would be atrocious.”

“Listen, that’d be my training expenses. That’s my training expenses,” Tyson replied.

Adesanya became one of the top paid fighters after he signed a new multi-fight contract in February. He said at the time that the deal could only be rivaled by Conor McGregor who is currently one of the highest paid athletes.

Paradigm Sports, who represents Adesanya and McGregor, said the middleweight champion’s contact is “one of the most lucrative multi-fight deals in company history.”

Ngannou, meanwhile, has been vocal that he wants a new contract, even leading up to his title defense against Ciryl Gane. He won that in by a stunning unanimous decision.

The Cameroonian said he wants to be paid more than $600,000 with an option to box.

Tyson, who is a former heavyweight boxing champion, has made around $400 in his career. Boxers today like current heavyweight champion Tyson Fury – who Ngannou wants to fight – makes millions per fight.

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