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John Fury has mocked Francis Ngannou ahead of his highly-anticipated fight with Tyson Fury.
The pair are set to go toe-to-toe in Saudi Arabia in a crossover bout on October 28, with Ngannou – a former heavyweight champion in UFC – stepping in to the boxing ring for the first time in his career.
The pair faced-off during their press conference in London earlier this month, with Fury ripping off his shirt during their stare down.
Ngannou is being coached by Mike Tyson for the fight and was put through his paces during a media workout this week.
However, John Fury couldn’t believe what he was watching, and hit out at Ngannou’s slow punches, while he also rubbished his chances of causing an upset against the Gypsy King next month.
John Fury has mocked Francis Ngannou ahead of his highly-anticipated fight with Tyson Fury
Ngannou was put through his paces by Mike Tyson during a media workout earlier this week
‘Just seen Francis Ngannou and Mike Tyson and that so-called trainer who’s got the pads on the open workout,’ he said in a video he shared.
‘I hope he’s kidding along and playing possum here. I hope that’s a joke and intended to be a laugh because if it’s not, he has not got a prayer.
‘He ain’t got a cat in hell’s chance. He won’t get out the first round. It’s probably going to be Tyson’s quickest knockout but it (the training video) has got to be kidology, fun and games.
‘Because if that’s what he’s got, well god help him. He’s going to get smashed to bits.
‘That is all I’m saying mate, that’s embarrassing. If that’s all he can do in a public workout, don’t bother doing a public workout. It’s a disgrace.’
Speaking on Wednesday, Ngannou insisted he was optimistic for the fight but would refuse to underestimate Fury, despite the Gypsy King poking fun at his own physique.
During their showdown this month, Fury was seen grabbing his love handles and calling himself a ‘fat pig’.
However, Ngannou has seen right through Fury’s tactics and says he would be naive to judge the Gypsy King just on his body.
John Fury insisted Tyson would ‘smash Ngannou to bits’ if the media workout video was serious
Ngannou said he won’t underestimate the Gypsy King, despite Fury mocking his own physique
Speaking about Fury’s comments, the MMA star said: ‘I don’t think he was nervous. I think he was playing mind games.
‘I think he was playing mind games by saying look I am a fat pig. No you’re not. You’re the f***ing best boxer so you are not.’
Ngannou went on to add: ‘It was just impressive to see [his stomach closer]. It wasn’t very cool though, wasn’t very nice right? But, you can’t let him fool you.
‘I think that was the purpose. He was trying to let his body maybe fool you but if you only look at his body, then he tricks you.’