UFC champion Francis Ngannou has called out Tyson Fury and Deontay WilderNgannou is considering boxing amid the standoff surrounding his UFC contractHe says he would like to ’cause some damage’ against a top heavyweight boxerHe is currently preparing to defend his heavyweight title in January at UFC 270 He is set to fight in a unification match against his former team-mate Ciryl Gane
The Cameroonian fighter, who has publicly butted heads with UFC president Dana White over a variety of contractual issues, has demanded a boxing clause is added to his next deal.
Ngannou says he would like to ’cause some damage’ against a top heavyweight boxer after attempting to defend his UFC title on January 22 at UFC 270 in a unification match against his former team-mate Ciryl Gane.
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has called out Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder
Speaking to TMZ, Ngannou said: ‘It’s always been down the line. This [boxing] is something that, I’m not taking my eyes off.
‘This is going to happen either way, and even if I stay — even if or when the UFC and I, we finally, we finalise a [new] deal, the boxing part has to be into it, because I can’t see myself to retire without boxing.
‘Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder — I would like to test myself to their level,’ Ngannou explained.
Ngannou says he would like to ’cause some damage’ against a top heavyweight boxer
Ngannou will defend his UFC heavyweight title on January 22 at UFC 270 against Ciryl Gane
‘It’s not the same sport, but although I’m the champion, so I’m in the top in this division, and at the end of the day, it’s just about throwing hands, throwing punches, having a good delivery system to throw those bombs.
‘And I’m sure that if I deliver my own punches pretty good, I can make damage [on them].’
This is not the first time Ngannou has called out the Gypsy King.
The pair’s feud started when the UFC champ called out Fury back in April and taunted him over the wounds he sustained in the Otto Wallin fight after he needed 47 stitches to sew up his damaged eye.
Fury then hit back, replying to the MMA fighter’s tweet by saying he would be ‘easy work’ after he had dealt with Anthony Joshua.
Fury also called out Ngannou for a fight back in April, taking to social media to express his interest in facing a new challenger.
The feud started when the UFC champ (left) called out Fury (right) back in April and taunted him over the wounds he sustained in the Otto Wallin fight
‘This is a message to Francis Ngannou and the UFC guys,’ Fury said in a social media post. ‘Look, you want some of this Gypsy King money? You know where to come and find it.
‘You want some of this Gypsy King power? I’ll give it to you. Any time, any place, anywhere. Seven days a week and twice on a Sunday, you big ugly dosser.’
However, the Cameroonian’s coach Dewey Cooper previously said that he was confident the UFC star could end Fury’s unbeaten run.
The 35-year-old’s trainer said: ‘Tyson Fury right now is the best boxer in the world.
‘Tyson is difficult for any heavyweight because of the attributes, the speed, the boxing ability, the good defence, the confidence and swagger. Tyson’s a real one and Tyson is a tough fight for anybody in boxing.
‘But Francis definitely can fight any heavyweight with time and amending the training a little bit. He can definitely do it because Francis does have power.
‘However with a boxing glove the power would decrease a little bit compared to what it is with the MMA gloves.
‘Because an MMA glove is only 4oz while a boxing glove is 10oz so that makes a difference. A lot of little intangible things.
‘Of course he can box and of course he could eventually beat someone like a Tyson Fury, for sure.’