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Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is on the verge of realizing his long-held aspiration of stepping into the boxing ring as a professional fighter.
Ngannou’s departure from the leading mixed martial arts organization at the beginning of this year, in pursuit of better contract conditions and the freedom to pursue boxing, faced skepticism from many who doubted his decision.
However, for “The Predator”, this choice has been undeniably vindicated with the announcement of his blockbuster crossover fight against WBC champion Tyson Fury. The two will face each other in a 10-round match this weekend in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
While securing this highly lucrative bout is seen as a significant achievement for the former UFC star, Ngannou himself is aiming for success when he goes up against “The Gypsy King”.
However, this sentiment isn’t shared widely in the combat sports community, with the majority predicting a dominant performance from the experienced and undefeated boxing professional.
If Ngannou wants to prove his doubters wrong, he might do well to heed the advice of a multiple-time heavyweight champion…
Joseph Parker: Ngannou Needs to Adopt a ‘Rough’ Approach against Fury
During a recent interview with MMA Junkie, former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who is in the Middle East for the highly anticipated crossover match on Saturday, shared his thoughts on the Fury vs. Ngannou bout.
Parker emphasized that “The Predator” must adopt a “rough” style if he wants to have a chance against “The Gypsy King”. He believes Ngannou should not try to outbox Fury, as Fury would likely outclass him in that aspect. Instead, Ngannou should make the most of his height, reach, and weight advantage and get in close to do what he does best.
This sentiment is also echoed by members of Ngannou’s team, including Xtreme Couture head coach Eric Nicksick. Nicksick suggests that Ngannou would be better off utilizing his MMA style rather than trying to compete with Fury in a traditional boxing match.
Regardless of the prevailing opinion on his chances of victory, all eyes will be on “The Predator” when he steps into the ring on October 28, as he aims to demonstrate that his immense knockout power can overcome any challenge.
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