Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury have recently been taking shots at one another as the UFC heavyweight champ has been saying he wants to box Fury.
Although many believe Fury would run through Ngannou, Dewey Cooper, Ngannou’s striking coach is confident his pupil could beat the Englishman with the right training.
“Tyson Fury, right now, is the best boxer in the world,” Cooper told RT Sport (h/t MMAFighting). “Tyson Fury is difficult for any heavyweight because of the attributes, the speed, the boxing ability, the good defense, the confidence, the swagger of Tyson Fury. Tyson’s a real one. Tyson’s a tough fight for anyone in boxing, but Francis definitely could fight any heavyweight, with time and amending the training a little bit.”
“He could definitely do it because Francis does have power, however, with a boxing glove the power will decrease a little bit compared to what it is with an MMA glove because an MMA glove is only four ounces when a boxing glove is 10 ounces,” Cooper continued. “So that makes a difference, you know, a lot of little intangible things. But to answer your question, of course, he can box and of course, he could eventually beat someone like a Tyson Fury, for sure. It just, you need to go into a straight boxing format.”
According to Dewey Cooper, he believes Francis Ngannou would need to change his training to only focus on boxing. But, after some time, he believes he would connect and beat Fury.
“A lot of people who do MMA think boxing is much easier until they box and they realize boxing is way tougher than what people think,” Cooper said. “More people die annually in boxing than any other fight sport. That should tell you something. Boxing is a very dangerous sport to be involved in. But to answer your question, he can do it. He can do it, it just has to be formatted in the right situation.”
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