Following the news that Mike Tyson would be training former MMA heavyweight star Francis Ngannou for his fight with WBC world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury, fans are gaining some insight into how the pair are getting on.
The match-up between the two big men comes on October 28 in Riyadh and Fury has once again teased that he may retire for a third time following the fight.
His world title is not on the line, but his reputation certainly is as Ngannou is a rank novice with not even one professional round of boxing under his belt.
This is no doubt why Mike Tyson has stepped in to help. Speaking to First Take, the former heavyweight world champion said it will be a more competitive fight than many people are expecting.
“He’s had many professional fights, but he’s never experienced a professional boxing match. But by working with him yesterday, he has the aptitude, and I see a good future in this life. It’s not going to be as one-sided as people think it is.”
He continued with an insight into how hard he is pushing Ngannou, who has previously stated that he won’t just be relying on his famed punch power in the contest.
“I was speaking with Francis once he came in and I asked him ‘Are you sore today?’, and he said ‘No’. That was a big mistake.
But, we’re going to work and we’re going to exert everything he has for this particular match. I definitely believe that it’s going to be a tougher fight than anyone thinks.”
Not many would like to publicly disagree with ‘Iron’ Mike, but only time will tell if his predictions come true.