UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou considering Fury fight

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Boxing – Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte – WBC World Heavyweight Title – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – April 23, 2022 Tyson Fury celebrates winning over Dillian Whyte Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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April 26 (Reuters) – UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has said he hopes to fight Tyson Fury in a crossover fight in 2023 and there is a “70% chance” his next opponent either the British boxer.

WBC heavyweight champion Fury had suggested he would fight Ngannou when the pair spoke in the ring following the Briton’s win over Dillian Whyte on Saturday. Read more

“We both want this fight, that’s for sure, and we respect each other,” Ngannou told the MMA Hour podcast on Monday.

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“It will probably happen next year. I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of promotions, but we’ll sort it out at some point.”

Ngannou, who defended his title with a victory over Cyril Gane in January, said the potential fight could combine elements of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA).

“Make it a hybrid fight, something that makes him a little uncomfortable as a boxer,” Ngannou said. “Ideas like MMA gloves or barefoot fighting. I don’t know, we have yet to figure that out.

“I would say there’s a 70 per cent chance that (my next opponent) is Tyson Fury. On the other hand, I’d say 90 per cent against me.”

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bangalore; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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