The former UFC heavyweight champion makes his boxing debut on October 28th, 2023, against the WBC heavyweight champion of the world in an official ten-round boxing match.
Although that may be the case, Fury’s WBC belt is not on the line. And since Fury is the heavy favorite, Ngannou will need all the help he can get.
And having ‘Iron Mike’ on his side will help him do just that. After all, Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight champion, a feat he achieved by beating Tony Tucker via a unanimous decision.
With that being said, Tyson was looking forward to the opportunity of working with Ngannou.
Mike Tyson has now joined Francis Ngannou's camp to train him for the Tyson Fury fight on Oct 28th… pic.twitter.com/S6xxHnWZIT
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) August 4, 2023
“It is no secret I back Ngannou 100% in this face-off of champions. He has one hard punch, and when it lands, it’s game over. I am looking forward to working with Ngannou and supporting his transition from the Octagon to the boxing ring.
“He isn’t a combat novice; he is a world champion. The key will be combining his energy and combat skills into his punches and using his agility to move swiftly around the ring then delivering the knock-out blow. We’re here to win,” Tyson
Despite this being the case, it is important to bear in mind the following. Regardless of the trainer, Ngannou will ultimately be left alone to face Fury.
And after having never boxed professionally, the MMA star realistically has a puncher’s chances.
However, heavyweight boxing has shown that anything can happen. That is why Ngannou is confident in his abilities.
“Bringing Mike Tyson into my training camp is one of the best decisions I can make to prepare for Tyson Fury in the ring at this year’s Riyadh Season. Mike Tyson is an idol of mine in the sport. His experience and boxing IQ will be important to honing my technique under his guidance to win this super-fight.
“I’ve been wanting this fight for years and now that it’s here, I’m focused on fighting the greatest fight of my career and shocking the world on the most epic stage for the fans in Riyadh. October 28, the world will know who’s the ‘Baddest Man on The Planet,” Ngannou
AJ On Fury Vs. Ngannou
Nevertheless, the fight has had an impact on the rest of the heavyweight division, which drew a response from Anthony Joshua.
Fans failed to see an undisputed heavyweight fight with Oleksandr Usyk, as talks broke down despite the Ukrainian agreeing to a 70-30 split.
As a result, Usyk will fight his WBA mandatory Daniel Dubois on August 26th, 2023. Meanwhile, Fury’s WBC mandatory is not any clearer, as Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz Jr. have failed to agree a bout for the WBC-title eliminator.
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) August 4, 2023
In response, Joshua had this to say: “I can understand for people waiting in line it must be massively frustrating because to become champion for some people is the be all and end all. That’s all they want to do and then they can pack up.
“Obviously there would have been a rematch between Usyk and Fury but that could have all been done and dusted this year and the belts would have been broken up and people will have been able to get their opportunity.
“I feel sorry for the people who want to know where they are going with their career,” Joshua