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Tyson Fury risks 'CATASTROPHIC' defeat against Francis Ngannou if he is not wary of the MMA star's power, warns heavyweight boxing rival, who insists the Cameroonian could 'put him to sleep'

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Tyson Fury risks ‘CATASTROPHIC’ defeat against Francis Ngannou if he is not wary of the MMA star’s power, warns heavyweight boxing rival, who insists the Cameroonian could ‘put him to sleep’

  • Tyson Fury faces Francis Ngannou in an exhibition boxing bout on October 28 
  • The Cameroonian MMA star holds the record for the hardest punch in the world 
  • Fury has been warned he must respect Ngannou’s power and stayed switched on

Tyson Fury has been warned that he could end up being put to sleep by Francis Ngannou if he doesn’t stay switched on throughout their crossover clash.

The pair will square off on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in a 10-round exhibition boxing bout.

Ngannou, a former UFC heavyweight champion, has knocked out 11 of his 19 opponents in MMA and is noted for his devastating power. 

‘The Predator’ holds the current record for the hardest punch in the world – having generated 129,161 units of force on a PowerKube (which measures punching power by analysing force, speed and accuracy).

And although he doesn’t compare to Fury in terms of overall boxing skills, British heavyweight contender Frazer Clarke believes the Cameroonian star has at least a punchers chance when they go head-to-head.

Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou will meet in an exhibition boxing bout on October 28

Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou will meet in an exhibition boxing bout on October 28

Fury has been out of action since defeating Derek Chisora for a third time back in December

Fury has been out of action since defeating Derek Chisora for a third time back in December

‘Fury is such a big fighter and big personality, he has got the governing bodies wrapped up around his little finger,’ he told the Metro.

‘He does what he wants and that is the reality of it. He is going to earn a lot of money and have a lot of eyes on him from all walks of life.

‘But boxing fans see straight through it. Having said that, I wish him all the best and for God’s sake, don’t let Ngannou land a shot on your chin and put you to sleep because that would be catastrophic.

‘We all know he can punch and if you are fit and you can punch in heavyweight boxing, you have as good a chance as anyone because if you land that shot, it can be goodnight.

‘There has been lots of talk about levels in the sport and what level he it at having never done it professionally. But he probably has more of a shot than a non-puncher at British level.’

Fury hasn’t set foot inside the squared circle since defeating Derek Chisora for a third time back in December.

Fans had hoped his next fight would be against fierce rival Oleksandr Usyk in the first undisputed heavyweight title clash of the four-belt era.

However, negotiations have not been restarted since they collapsed in March.

Ngannou holds the current record for the hardest punch in the world - having registered 129,161 units of force on a PowerKube

Ngannou holds the current record for the hardest punch in the world – having registered 129,161 units of force on a PowerKube