UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall has shared his perspective on Francis Ngannou’s upcoming boxing debut against Tyson Fury, News About Nigeria gathered.
Aspinall considers Ngannou to be a significant underdog in the highly anticipated match, which is scheduled to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28.
Despite Tyson Fury being widely regarded as one of boxing’s best, Aspinall believes that Ngannou’s punching power could pose a threat to the reigning WBC heavyweight champion.
He acknowledges the stark difference in skill between the two fighters but commends Ngannou for his unwavering self-belief and his remarkable journey in both life and sports.
Ngannou’s decision to venture into boxing has earned him substantial financial rewards, and Aspinall recognizes the opportunity that lies ahead for him.
While Aspinall does not necessarily expect Ngannou to emerge victorious, he ferocious punching ability enables him to deliver a knockout blow.
Despite the evident gap in skill, the 30-year-old reiterates that Ngannou possesses the power to threaten any opponent. He highlights the vast disparity between Ngannou and Fury in terms of technique and experience but emphasizes that Ngannou’s exceptional punching strength can potentially make a difference in the fight.
In the midst of discussing the upcoming bout, Aspinall also touches on the rumored earnings for Ngannou, indicating that he heard it could exceed £20 million.
However, he cautions that this information is based on what he saw online and not from direct sources within the MMA community, suggesting that its reliability may be uncertain.
Meanwhile, Aspinall himself is preparing for a significant milestone in his own career. After suffering a severe knee injury during a clash with Curtis Blaydes at the O2 Arena last July, Aspinall is now on the road to recovery.
Exactly one year later, he is set to return to the renowned London venue for a fight against Marcin Tybura. This marks a fresh start for the mixed martial fighter as he aims to make his mark in the heavyweight division and potentially contend for the title currently held by Jon Jones.