Carl Frampton says Tyson Fury will be uncomfortable and Francis Ngannou has a chance of victory
Can Ngannou shock the Gypsy King?
Former world champion Carl Frampton is not ruling out Francis Ngannou pulling off a shocking upset and beating Tyson Fury on Saturday night, giving the former UFC champ a ‘very small’ chance of victory.
Fury, the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion of the world, is not expected to have too much trouble with Ngannou, who has never had a professional boxing match.
However, Frampton reckons there is some hope for the Cameroonian to hang onto and reason to believe he can pull off one of the biggest upsets in sporting history.
Mike Tyson, the man the Gypsy King was named after, is in Ngannou’s corner for the bout, which Frampton believes could get in the head of the overwhelming favourite.
The underdog also has obvious assets including his huge power, athleticism and the unusual angles he is likely to throw punches from, given his lack of experience in a boxing ring.
On Iron Mike’s presence in Team Ngannou, Frampton told PA: ‘It might not be a massive issue for Tyson, but it’s definitely something he will feel a bit uncomfortable with, that the guy who he’s named after and a hero to him is going to be in the opponent’s corner.
‘Mike Tyson was a small heavyweight, he knew how to fight on the inside and Francis is smaller than Tyson Fury. I think the way Francis wins the fight is to get close and land shots from close distance and there’s no better man to teach you that than Mike Tyson.
‘Francis been completely written off by the majority of boxing fans and, to be honest, I understand why. I’m not as sure that he has zero chance of winning – he has a chance but it’s very small.
‘He’s an athletic guy, explosive, very, very powerful, but the biggest attribute is that he is highly unorthodox. If he’s throwing shots from every angle, it’s actually really difficult.’
Fury has already signed to fight WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk shortly after Ngannou and is confident of a win on Saturday and a turnaround to fight the Ukrainian before Christmas.
‘We’ve signed the contracts,’ Fury told Sky Sports. ‘December 23, that’s out there isn’t it? It’s only eight weeks away from Saturday. Why not?
‘I’ve not even had a fight this year so get two in before the end of the year would be fantastic. Double payday,” he continued. “There’ll be a nice big turkey in the Fury household this Christmas.
‘If it happens December 23, I’ll be playing that song, Driving Home For Christmas, I won’t land back in the UK till Christmas Eve, late Christmas Eve and if we get a delay I’ll be spending Christmas with the reindeers in the airport!’
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