Tyson Fury has claimed that he has put in more work training for Francis Ngannou than his third fight with Deontay Wilder, mandatory defence against Dillian Whyte and voluntary shot for Derek Chisora.
The undefeated two-time heavyweight champion welcomes the MMA star to the boxing ring this weekend in Saudi Arabia in a ten-round contest many feel will be far and away the easiest of his career.
Whether it’s showmanship or a love for training, Fury says he has dedicated a full 12-week camp to the crossover contest, and it certainly looks that way in terms of weight loss.
‘The Gypsy King’ looked out of fighting shape at the opening press conference for the event just seven weeks ago, taunting Ngannou and calling himself ‘a fat pig.’
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗮𝗱𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁 👑
— Boxing on TNT Sports (@boxingontnt) September 7, 2023
It’s not unusual for Fury’s weight to fluctuate, the most apparent example of such being his time out of the ring from 2015 to 2018 when he was reportedly around 300lbs.
Just seven weeks on and three days out from the fight, though, and he looks strong.
— Boxing on TNT Sports (@boxingontnt) October 25, 2023
Fury has apparently been on the ketogenic diet alongside his training sessions and sparring. He has entered the ring at 264 and 268 for his last two fights against Whyte and Chisora, preceded by a career heaviest 277 for the third fight with Deontay Wilder.
Should Fury and team be serious about a December 23 date for his undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk, it’s no wonder he’s in shape.
Whilst there were some doubts when the reported date was first floated, all involved, including promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum, have claimed this week that the festive fight night is what they’re aiming for.
It means the man from Morecambe will have just eight weeks from the Ngannou contest to prepare for what could be the most legacy-defining bout he’s ever been one half of – even despite his claims otherwise.