Tyson Fury hasn’t taken too kindly to people weighing in with less than favourable opinions about his upcoming fight with Francis Ngannou
Some fans believe Fury has sidestepped legitimate boxing opponents in favour of a big money payday against Ngannou, an MMA fighter who calls himself ‘the baddest man on the planet.’
The fight is happening in Riyadh on October 28 under boxing rules over 10 rounds, though Fury has also said he would like a return match in the MMA octagon.
Talking to Boxing Social at the first press conference, he said ‘I will beat that b***h up in a cage” before being asked about comments made on the fight by Carl Froch – who said the fight is ‘a mismatch’ – and Tony Bellew who has said it is a ‘cash grab from both ends.’
Fury’s response was short and simple.
“Jealous. Haters gunna hate. B***hes gunna hate. Bellew’s a b***h and so is Carl Froch. Get Up.”
One man who has more faith in Ngannou than most is Mike Tyson, who has been training the Cameroonian-Frenchman for the last few weeks.
When asked if that hurt Fury, given he was named after the former heavyweight champion of the world, Fury said no before sharing his view on what would happen if his father’s proposed fight with Iron Mike were to come off on the undercard.
“It’s just business. He’s getting a bag, isn’t he? My dad would beat him up.”
Whatever people think of the fight, it is generating plenty of talking points and very much keeping boxing in the headlines.