Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya is embracing the possibility of a heavyweight fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.
Ngannou, the last man to hold the UFC title at heavyweight, recently parted ways with the organization.
The big puncher is motivated to enter the sport of boxing - and he prefers to make his squared circle debut against Fury.
Back in April of last year, Ngannou was ringside at Wembley Stadium in London. He watched Fury retain his title with a knockout of Dillian Whyte. After the fight, Fury and Ngannou came together in the ring to discuss the idea of a future showdown.
While De La Hoya likes the idea and backs the event to do really well, he doesn't expect Ngannou to pull off a major upset.
“Fighters like [Ngannou], I think he can hang in there for a few rounds,” De La Hoya said. “If it’s a boxing ring, he obviously can hang in there for a few rounds, but Tyson Fury is a guy who grew up boxing. That was his thing and that’s his sport. Huge advantage for Fury. Obviously, if it was in a cage it would be a whole different story. [Ngannou] would tap him out or whatever, kick him and knock him out in 30 seconds. Totally different sports.
“But I think it will be great for both sports. I think it will be great for boxing because it will be a huge fight. It will be a mega event like when [Mike] Tyson was fighting. You had all that hype behind these big events and fights. It would be that big.”
De La Hoya would love to have his company assist Ngannou with his aspirations in boxing.
“I would love to speak to [Ngannou],” De La Hoya said. “Any fighter who is an MMA fighter, I’m here, I would love to speak to anybody. I would love to pick their brain, I would love to maybe sit down and discuss some business. I’m all for it. I think these fighters who are MMA fighters who have been with the UFC or are with the UFC, I would love to just talk from fighter to fighter and pick each other’s brains and see what happens.”
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