If there’s one person who knows a thing or two about power, it’s former undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson.
Tyson is widely regarded as one of the most ferocious puncher’s the blue ribbon division has ever seen, with 44 of his 50 professional victories coming inside the distance.
‘Iron Mike’ has long ago up the gloves, of course, and has been plying his trade as a podcaster, confectionary manufacture and, most recently, a trainer.
He has been helping MMA star Francis Ngannou prepare for his crossover clash with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which takes place in Saudi Arabia next month.
And when speaking to Fight Hub TV about working with Ngannou, Tyson claimed he has the power to “stop anybody.”
“I’ve never met an athlete who picks things up as quickly as Francis.”
“He’s got the power to stop anybody, let alone Tyson Fury. He’s just needs to learn how to land that missile on the proper target.”
Though Ngannou has a reputation as the heaviest hitter in MMA and there is no one questioning whether or not he can punch hard, landing it on as accomplished a boxer as Fury is another question entirely.
‘The Gypsy King’ has been boxing since childhood and the best heavyweights of this generation have struggled to catch him clean, let alone Ngannou – who will be making his debut in Riyadh.
And as such, Fury goes into the novelty event as a huge betting favourite, and anything other than a resounding win for the Brit would come as a huge surprise to almost all observers.
He has some added motivation to get through the MMA man unscathed now too – an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk was this week announced as signed.