Two titans of combat sports are set to collide in the ultimate battle of the heavyweights. Boxing icon Mike Tyson, known for his ferocious knockouts in the squared circle, has thrown his support behind the formidable Francis Ngannou, the powerhouse of mixed martial arts (MMA), ahead of his monumental clash with the elusive Tyson Fury on October 28 in the desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The long-awaited showdown between Ngannou and Fury has been a dream match for fans worldwide, a spectacle that seemed like an elusive fantasy until recently. However, with Ngannou relinquishing his throne atop the UFC heavyweight division, the narrative has evolved. Once envisioned as a showdown between the kings of boxing and MMA, it is now more of a clash between “The Gypsy King” and “The Predator.”
Despite his transition to the heavyweight boxing scene, Ngannou’s raw power and ferocity are undeniable. In a recent interview with ES News, the legendary Mike Tyson dispelled the notion that Fury would have an easy time against Ngannou. “I think anything is possible. He has a hard punch,” Tyson remarked with a knowing smile. Perhaps even more intriguing is the possibility of Mike Tyson taking on the role of mentor and trainer for Ngannou. Tyson’s eagerness to support the MMA phenom was evident as he expressed, “I would like to do that, yeah. That would be cool. I like that.”