Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch was far from impressed with the recent training videos of Francis Ngannou.
The former UFC champion is scheduled to take on Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, in a non-title match on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.
Ngannou, who is making his pro debut, is being trained for the fight by former undisputed world champion Mike Tyson.
During the workout, which involved Tyson and trainer Dewey Cooper, Ngannou looked very slow with his hands. He also seemed to tire by the end of the workout.
Ngannou is feared for his punching power, but Froch does not expect him to land.
Froch is expecting a one-sided wipeout in favor of Fury, who is already set to collide with WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk in a high-stakes undisputed fight in the coming months.
“Listen, this is a f------- sparring session, probably the easiest spar he’s ever had,” said Froch to Best Gambling Sites. “I don’t care that Ngannou can punch, a mule can kick really hard, but he’s never going to be able to line it up.
“Fury’s not going to be worried about getting hit by that monstrous punch because I’ve seen Ngannou on the pads and he looks terrible. He looks like what I’d expect a zero fight novice to look like; slow, awkward, stiff – how is he going to get near Fury? He’s going to get his head absolutely peppered off.
"The announcement [of Fury-Usyk] is perfect timing. What Frank Warren has realized is that Fury-Ngannou does not appeal to the proper boxing audience, it’s more for the crossover Misfits audience, so by announcing Fury-Usyk is definitely happening, all of sudden everyone’s tails are wagging and ears have pricked up, and they’re now all probably going to tune into the Ngannou fight on the back of that because now there’s interest in what Fury’s looking like. It’s perfect timing for the announcement and the sceptics will say, 'what if Fury gets injured?.'"