Tyson is the trainer and current cornerman for Ngannou’s boxing debut against the WBC heavyweight champion on October 28th, 2023.
‘Iron Mike’ has been impressed by the former UFC heavyweight champion’s power, having worked closely with him.
Although Ngannou may not have the boxing experience, Tyson has warned the ‘Gypsy King’ about the MMA star.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) August 23, 2023
“Tyson Fury got dropped by a small guy early in his career. [Francis] punches like God knows who, man. He’s an athlete, he moves quicker, works with his speed, and listen man, he only has to land one or two. Tyson’s never been in the ring with somebody that can punch this hard,” Tyson
However, even Deontay Wilder could not get Fury out of the ring despite being one of the most-destructive punchers ever.
Therefore, Ngannou must do the unthinkable without the use of four-ounce gloves. The current odds are -400 for Fury, giving him an 80% win probability.
By way of comparison, Buster Douglas went into the Tyson fight at a 42-1 underdog. Therefore, Ngannou faces an even greater uphill task.
And for all of Tyson’s confidence, his following comments suggested that an Ngannou win would be against all odds.
“He asked me to go all out aggression. He’s moving his head, he’s getting it together, and he’s determined to do this stuff for his country, his people, his patriotic pride. This is really interesting. I’m very excited about doing this. That would be a bigger upset than Douglas-Tyson,” Tyson
It is not surprising, then, that the boxing community on social media called out Tyson’s remarks.
Social Media Response
Mike may be hitting his ear edibles a little too hard.
— Scott (@JScott_2022) August 25, 2023
Wilders punch power is way more than Ngannou
— RGF (@rgfray1) August 24, 2023
Can't imagine he hits harder than Wilder.
The leaner guys tend to hit harder, Wilder, Charles, Izzy, Sean O'Malley are examples of that, Tyson is confused or just marketing it.
— boxingcoach (@boxingcoach5) August 24, 2023