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Footage shows Mike Tyson giving Francis Ngannou tips about Tyson Fury fight four years before he was made former UFC champion’s coach

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Mike Tyson secured his spot on Francis Ngannou’s coaching team four years before his fight with Tyson Fury became a reality.

The boxing legend invited Ngannou to appear on his Hotboxin podcast in 2019, and during their meeting ‘Iron Mike’ gave the former UFC heavyweight titleholder some tips.

Tyson’s advice was tailored around Fury who had previously called out ‘The Predator’, prompting a series of social media exchanges between two combat sports champions.

Now, Ngannou is a free agent after leaving the UFC earlier this year, and ‘The Gyspy King’ has opted to face him next after failing to secure fights with Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua.

The heavyweight duo will box over 10 rounds in Saudi Arabia on October 28.

Ngannou has begun preparing for his ring debut and one of the first things he has done is add the youngest heavyweight champion in history to his coaching team.

Last week, the Cameroonian knockout artist confirmed Tyson will train him for the next few months and explained why he is so delighted to be working with the 57-year-old.

“Bringing Mike Tyson into my training camp is one of the best decisions I can make to prepare for Tyson Fury,” Ngannou said.

“Mike Tyson is an idol of mine in the sport. His experience and boxing IQ will be important to honing my technique under his guidance to win this super fight.

“I’ve been wanting this fight for years and now that it’s here, I’m focused on fighting the greatest fight of my career and shocking the world on the most epic stage for the fans in Riyadh.

 

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