Michael Bisping backing fellow MMA star Francis Ngannou against Fury, Joshua, Wilder
Speaking to Betway, British MMA legend and former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping claims Francis Ngannou ‘has a puncher’s chance’ against the undefeated WBC heavyweight king, Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24KO), in their October 28 showdown in Saudi Arabia.
Here's what the 44-year-old Cypriot-born Brit had to say:
Francis Ngannou has ‘the ability to murder you in the ring’
“It's fantastic for him. It's a massive, massive payday and he has nothing to lose. He's going up against one of the greatest boxers of our generation. I'm very interested and intrigued to see Francis Ngannou fight. I think the general consensus is Tyson's going to beat him, but you never know. Francis has got that ridiculous power and that's what makes it interesting. And that's why I'll pay to see it. They're all going to make a ton of money out of it, so well done for him. I hope he catches Fury, I shouldn't say that as an Englishman, but Ngannou is a mixed martial artist so I'm kind of on his side. And we all like a shocking upset, so I wish him all the best.”
“Buster Douglas was one of the biggest upsets ever when he knocked out Mike Tyson and so was Hasim Rahman when he knocked out Lennox Lewis. But I think a non-boxer who has never had a professional boxing fight knocking out the Gypsy King, an undefeated heavyweight who has all the belts, would be the biggest upset of all time.”
‘He's 100 percent got a puncher's chance’
“He's 100 percent got a puncher's chance, and you never know, if Tyson Fury takes him lightly he might pay the ultimate price, Francis has got phenomenal power. Francis Ngannou has the ability to murder you in the boxing ring, so there's a real risk there. If it goes to the later rounds Francis is going to get tired because it's not his sport, but in those first three rounds he's going to be ridiculously dangerous. Tyson moves so well, he's taller, he's fought better people, but Francis can knock out Tyson Fury, that's a fact. He has the power to knock him out and if he could bully him into the corner and let loose with a ferocious combination, you never know.
“AJ would have been a better fight for Francis stylistically, 100 percent. AJ's a bit more static and doesn't use the same head movement. He's had a great career, but that's a much better opponent for him. There were rumours about Deontay Wilder as well, and that's another matchup I'd favour him in.”
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