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Francis Ngannou vs Tyson Fury in 2023?
- Francis Ngannou says he may fight Tyson Fury in 2023
- UFC Heavyweight Champion confident about beating boxing champion
UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou says he may fight Tyson Fury in 2023.
Speaking to the official Stake.com blog, Ngannou said: “Me and Tyson Fury may fight in 2023…it will be tough, but I will throw some bombs at him that he will not have experienced before.
“I don’t know exactly when Tyson and I will fight, but I think maybe some time in 2023. I am still under contract with UFC so I don’t know right now the state of my situation or how it will play out. But I will say it will probably happen at some point. It is definitely something I want to do, but we don’t have control over it right now.”
“I know it will be very tough when we fight. Not only am I coming from a distant sport, but I am testing myself against one of the best, if not the best, boxer ever. “But I’m not thinking of fighting someone like Cyril Gane the same way as I would fight Tyson Fury. Obviously I am confident, but it will be something totally different and new for me. “Fury has obviously proven he can last a very long time in a fight – but I am sure I will throw some bombs at him that he will not have experienced before.”
Ngannou beat Stipe Miocic for the UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 260 in March 2021.
“I have tried to keep life the same since I became champion”, he said. “If you change your approach too much, you will make mistakes.
“My life has been pretty much the same since I became champion, other than the fact I know I completed what I wanted to achieve and had chased for so long. I proved to myself that I can be a champion.
“I achieved my goal but know I have to stay grounded and focus on the next challenge. It didn’t change my mentality very much…I know I am a champion, but when I look for a fight I don’t think about that. I just think about improving myself and becoming a better fighter, which has been my goal since the very beginning. I haven’t gone too far away from that in my approach.
“Whoever I face, I just want to be the dominant one regardless of which title is at stake. Because at the end of the day without a belt you are just another fighter. “If you do not balance that out, you will make a mistake somewhere along the way.”
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