Tyson Fury’s trainer says Francis Ngannou fight is ‘like an amateur tournament’
The Battle of the Baddest kicks off in Riyadh on Saturday night.
WBC heavyweight title holder Fury will not be putting his belt on the line for Saturday night’s fight in Saudi Arabia and it is still unclear whether the bout will actually count towards their professional records.
French-Cameroonian Ngannou, 37, has never boxed professionally before but boasts an MMA record of 17 wins in 20 fights.
That inexperience has been evident in his public workouts and Fury’s trainer, SugarHill Steward, says they have been preparing to face the unexpected, likening Ngannou to an unpredictable amateur.
Asked if he had watched any of Ngannou’s public workouts in the build-up to the fight, SugarHill told Seconds Out: ‘No I didn’t.
‘For me, I have to look at it in every aspect of not [knowing] what to expect, so this is like an amateur tournament where you’re fighting every day.
‘You don’t know who you’re going to fight the next day, different styles. The guy you think you’re going to fight – who may be No.2 and you’re No.1 – he gets put out by some awkward guy and you’ve gotta go in there and fight that guy too.
‘So the years of boxing that these boxers have, coming from amateur boxing to professional boxing, and getting put in the ring with one guy for two rounds and another guy for another three rounds here and there.
‘Those kind of moments lead up to this moment here where you are prepared for these things.
‘You don’t know what your opponent is going to do in the next round until he makes adjustments, he might go in there and do something totally different that you’ve never seen before – something that he doesn’t even know he’s going to do! But whatever is going to get the job done.’
Probed on whether there was anything specific to the former UFC champion that they had worked on combating, Fury’s trainer added: ‘Just getting shot with the unexpected.
‘I don’t know how to put it anymore simply than what it is. I’m not the one for the fancy words and the big long speeches.
‘I try to keep it simple like, “bang and get it over with”. Set him up for the right hand, set him up for the power shot, let’s go home.’
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