Fernand Lopez on Francis Ngannou’s potential transition to boxing: “We don’t expect anything great”

Over the past few months, there has been a rustle between UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou and WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. All of these rumors have been bubbling as Ngannou is ready to defend his title against Ciryl Gane on January 22 at UFC 270.

So how would you do Nganna, the power puncher, in the boxing world?

Former coach Fernand Lopez, who has had a bitter rivalry with Nganna since Ngannou left the MMA Factory, said of Ngannou’s interest in becoming a two-way martial arts star.

While Ngannou was interested in boxing when he was younger, he did not enter the ring. This move may make some sense, but Lopez believes that Ngannou’s inexperience would cost him.

“I think the match makes sense for Francis because he thinks he can make money,” Lopez told Betway Insider. “It would take at least three years for Francis Ngannou to be boxing competitive with Tyson Fury, by which I mean three years of boxing alone. I’m not sure Francis can ever question Tyson Fury’s perseverance or perseverance. All he can do is have a high defense; to be elusive, close to the feet, to change direction. “

“In reality, he would have to stop everything else and probably do nothing else for three years, just box. No harassment, nothing else. The way he has a built body and muscles will not allow him to continue throwing after the third round. “I don’t understand how he can win the match, this is an opportunity for him to pay the money.”

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Ngannou started boxing at the age of 22 and at the age of 26, he wanted to continue his career. During his stay in Paris, he met Lopez, who persuaded him to join the world of MMA. In 2013-18, Ngannou was a member of the MMA Factory and easily knocked out rivals. He joined the UFC in 2015 and won six in a row, but in January 2018 he lost to Stip Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title. He left the MMA Factory for Xtreme Couture and has won five times in a row since November 2018, including a heavyweight UFC title in March.

Fury (31-0-1) has been boxing professionally since 2008 and has been racing since about 2006. The linear champion won a gold medal at the English National Championships in 2008. “Gypsy King” defeated Deontay Wilder in 2020 to win the WBC title in the tough weight and in 2021 earned about $ 54 million. Outside Lopez, Ngannou had a dispute with the UFC over his contract. The potential fight with Jon Jones was canceled on the basis of money and Nganna, 35, is looking for the best offer for him, especially as a champion. Lopez believes that the amount of money he can earn would be exhausted by switching to boxing, along with the years of skills he would need to learn to enter the ring.

“I’m not sure if you’re a UFC fighter, it’s worth leaving it all and having three years of stable boxing training – how would you live your life, what would be your income? And after three years, you can be competitive enough to stand there and keep going, ”said Lopez.

“We don’t expect anything great, Francis is not a boxer. You train a lot to become a boxer. Boxing needs dedication, boxing needs sacrifice, you need years and years of training. So we know the result of this fight. The question is how much Francis Ngannou can make a lot of money because he only has one shot. Objectively speaking, he cannot think about his boxing career because his boxing skills will not be enough for him to become a boxer.

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Ngannou and Lopez have been arguing since the fighter left the MMA Factory. Part of the reason is that Ngannou believes Lopez wanted to be overlooked, which led Lopez to question his abilities. Another factor is the sparring footage of Ngannou and Ganea, which the former is believed to have been shared to make him look bad.

Ngannou will face a former teammate at Gane’s Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This is the last match on his current deal with the UFC. Could talk of Fury’s struggle, along with contract disputes, be a distraction leading to a title race? According to Lopez, a lot is waiting for Ngannou to head to the match.

“Francis Ngannou wants to go boxing, but that can only happen if he is a champion,” Lopez said. “If he leaves the UFC and isn’t a champion, no matter what company he wants to go to, it won’t look good. We have to keep that in mind.”


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