Boxers calling out UFC fighters is becoming quite the thing, but when the No. 1-ranked Heavyweight in the boxing world challenges the No. 1-seeded Heavyweight in mixed martial arts (MMA) world, we feel like it’s worth a bit more attention than the typical Jake Paul dross.
The WBC Heavyweight champion seems like he’s been going a bit stir crazy waiting for a fight with Anthony Joshua to come together, so why not call out UFC Heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou? Stir up some attention and emotions, get the fans excited for a potential crossover fight in the future.
Isn’t this what Dana White says he does? Puts the best against the best?
“This is a message to Francis Ngannou and the UFC guys,” Fury said in an Instagram video. “Look, you want some of this ‘Gypsy King’ money, you know where to come and find it. You want some of this Gypsy King power, I’ll give it ya. Any time, any place, any where, seven days a week and twice on a Sunday.”
It didn’t take long for Ngannou to respond, saying, “I’ll take care of Jon Jones first then come after Tyson Fury.”
This isn’t the first back-and-forth between the two. Earlier this month when Ngannou went on Mike Tyson’s podcast, Fury declared, “I’ll roast that guy. Easy work.”
None of this is happening any time soon, of course, if at all. Barring some sudden meltdown, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will fight sometime in the summer, in some faraway land where some very rich people will pay some very silly amount to host the fight.
As for Ngannou, UFC is looking to put him up against Derrick Lewis sometime soon. The Jon Jones fight? That can wait until Jones sounds ready to accept a financial offer more in line with MMA paydays than with boxing. That may not be as big of a stumbling block as before ... earlier this week, Jones and his management team parted ways, which indicates there may be a switch up in how negotiations are handled.
But, Francis can dream, can’t he?