Fury has previously been linked with a crossover bout against UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou, and Teddy Atlas believes the Briton’s vast experience in boxing would help him secure victory
Tyson Fury has been backed to defeat UFC champion Francis Ngannou in a potential crossover bout due to his boxing background.
The ‘Gypsy King’ has just recently scored a second consecutive victory over Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas trilogy bout.
And he has been linked with a number of opponent since his victory, including a titanic cross-over battle with Ngannou.
And trainer Teddy Atlas believes Fury will have a “huge edge” over Ngannou in any match-up, with his extensive experience in the iron square.
Atlas told Submission Radio : “I think the making of that is really all based on money. Let’s be honest with ourselves, if it’s not gonna be based on MMA rules, if it’s gonna be with boxing rules, the guy who’s been boxing since he was 12 years old.
“The guy who’s had 200 amateur fights, the guy who’s trained in a gym for all those years to be a top boxer, he’s gonna have a huge edge. Maybe an insurmountable edge to be quite frank.
“We probably fool ourselves because we want to fool ourselves. We want to be entertained, we want to believe it. If you’re gonna support this fight, you wanna believe that the big monster from Cameroon can land a punch and knock the guy cold, even though he’s an MMA fighter and not a boxer.
“How often does a guy who’s not as developed, not nearly as developed as the top fighter, how many times have we really seen where he’s got a puncher’s edge, not too often.
“It would be a big money fight. Would it be competitive? Most likely not. Fury is a pretty complete package, besides having the advantage of years and years of boxing training.
Ngannou previously called out the ‘Gypsy King’ after detailing his plans to switch to heavyweight boxing.
With just one fight left on his current UFC deal, Ngannou could look to enter the ring soon after his UFC title defence against Cyril Gane.
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He dropped an even bigger fight hint, after revealing his desire to earn a similar purse to Fury’s earnings against Wilder this month.
The 35-year-old has also been involved in a back-and-forth with Dillian Whyte who could even enter the cage with his previous experience in MMA.
But it seems more likely that Fury could be immediately next for Whyte, after he was stated as the challenger for the 33-year-old’s WBC title.
Although the ‘Gypsy King’ has hinted at potential retirement, and is uncertain on his next career move after completing his latest boxing “goal”.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Fury told The Telegraph. “I’ve got one fight left on my contract with Top Rank and ESPN and we’ll see what that is.
“But I’m not thinking about boxing right now. I don’t know how many fights I’ve got left. I don’t know if I need to fight anymore. I don’t know what the future holds.
“I will always have been the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, Ring magazine champion, that will not evaporate in history, but once it is done, it is done and you cannot get it back.”