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Tyson Fury states desire to fight Francis Ngannou in ‘a cage or a ring’

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Tyson Fury has said he will fight UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a cage or a boxing ring in a hybrid bout.

Fury insisted that his professional boxing career has come to an end after his knock out victory against Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium, although the 33-year-old appears set to remain in the limelight.

Ngannou joined Fury in the ring at Wembley Stadium after the fight where the two said they would partake in a “hybrid fight”, in which they may use MMA gloves rather than boxing gloves.

Fury was speaking at the post-fight press conference and reiterated his desire to fight Ngannou while also suggesting that he will partake in other exhibition fights.

Tyson Fury on a fight with Francis Ngannou.

“I definitely think [this is the end]. But I’m not ruling out exhibitions, for sure. Get some of that Floyd Mayweather money,” Fury said.

“I want to have fun. I’m an entertainer. You saw tonight, I entertain, it’s what I do best. I’m an entertainer. So I want to have a lot of fun.

“Big Francis Ngannou was here today. He’s on my hit list in an exhibition fight, however he wants it. In a cage, in a boxing ring, boxing gloves, UFC gloves – we can make it happen.

“I think everyone wants to see it. He’s a monster of a guy, I’m a monster of a guy, so it’ll be a clash of the titans for sure.”

Another major crossover fight beckons.

MMA fighters have fought boxers in the past, most notably when Conor McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather, although that bout took place under strict boxing rules, unlike what Fury and Ngannou are suggesting.

While the exact details are yet to be worked out, it is unlikely that Fury will agree to a fight in which takedowns and kicks are allowed, especially after Ngannou outwrestled Cyril Gane in his last fight.

Ngannou is also well known for his punching power however, and Fury will be very aware that should the Cameroonian fighter land a clean punch, the fight could come to a premature end.

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