Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua called out by Francis Ngannou as UFC heavyweight champion vows ‘I HAVE to box’ to emulate hero Mike Tyson
Francis Ngannou has sent a warning to both Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in the aftermath of his stunning win at UFC 260.
‘The Predator’ was crowned UFC heavyweight champion of the world with a stunning knockout of Stipe Miocic as he showcased incredible power and technical versatility in Las Vegas.
When Ngannou arrived in Paris after leaving his native Cameroon, his goal was to emulate his hero Mike Tyson and become heavyweight world champion.
Although he has succeeded in one discipline, the 34-year-old still harbours ambitions of stepping into the squared circle and claiming a world title.
Currently, Fury and Joshua hold all of the marbles in the division and talks about a massive unification fight continue to ramble on.
Yet Ngannou has warned both men to stay ready as his dreams of lacing up the gloves and becoming world heavyweight champion still burn bright.
Ngannou told ESPN : “This is in the future, it’s somewhere, definitely. I’m going to box; I have to box in my career.
“My main dream has always been the noble art and even though I deviated into MMA, which I love, I still have to fulfil something in boxing.”
Of course, there is still the small matter of defending the belt he has just won from Miocic, with a host of top contenders ready and waiting to pounce.
Former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones remains firmly entrenched amongst the contenders after vacating his title to pursue the heavyweights last year, but his contract stand-off with Dana White has allowed speculation about other contenders to manifest.
For Ngannou, he wants to fight twice in 2021 and the name simply does not matter – he merely needs an opponent to show up.
“I don’t know what’s happening between Jon Jones and the UFC but something seems wrong and I think maybe he’s handled it in the wrong way,” Ngannou added.
“But that’s not my business, there are a lot of contenders ready to fight and there are a lot of fights here.
“For the first time, I’m the man who is making the call, I don’t have to sit down and wait for people; they are waiting for me and I am ready.
“I can choose to fight and I want to fight twice this year. I hope that fight happens, I would love that fight but if not I will move on. I am ready to fight in the summer, maybe August, so that I can also fight in December.
“If it was up to me, Jon Jones is a good one. I’ve taken the best heavyweight of all time out so now to take the pound-for-pound No.1 guy out would be good; it would be good for the resume.
“I think he wants a challenge but I think he is also at the stage in his career where he wants a big pay cheque, and I can’t argue with that.
“He is the greatest and the pound-for-pound No.1 guy, you can’t deny anything in this sport to Jon Jones.”