Tyson Fury accused of lying in tense argument ahead of Francis Ngannou boxing showdown

Tyson Fury Francis Ngannou

Tyson Fury has been accused of lying about his height ahead of Francis Ngannou boxing fight

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 23/10/2023

- 10:59

The 'Gypsy King' will be hoping to reign supreme in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night

Tyson Fury has been accused of lying about his height by Francis Ngannou ahead of their boxing match in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

The two men are putting the final touches on their preparations for the blockbuster bout in the Middle East.

However, less than a week before they step into the ring, Ngannou has scrutinised Fury and suggested the Brit is lying about his height.

Speaking to TNT Sport, Ngannou said: “They say he’s 6ft 9in? But this doesn’t look like five inches difference, right?"

Tyson Fury Francis Ngannou

Tyson Fury is currently preparing for his boxing showdown with Francis Ngannou


That prompted a swift response from Fury, who then said: "How tall are you?"

Ngannou responded: "They say I’m, 6ft 4in."

Fury then opted to turn the tables, belittling his opponent by saying: "I think you are about 6ft 2in."

Ngannou refused to back down, however, and accused Fury of fibbing by saying: "Well, I would say you're about 6ft 5in."

Fury has won 33 of his 34 fights so far, with a draw against Deontay Wilder the only blot on his record.

The 35-year-old is, consequently, the favourite to beat Ngannou - who is making his boxing debut.

And Fury has claimed he'll secure a quick win in Saudi, while also appearing to give away his game plan.

"I’m gonna knock him out inside six rounds," the heavyweight champion added.

"And shall I tell you how I’m going to do it?

"Get on the front foot, high arm, sticking him with a punishing jab, 19, 20 stone in the face, boom, boom, boom, bust him up, swell his eyes out, and then feint, slip, bang! KO.

"On the front foot, not running away.

"On the front foot, hand-eye, let him hit the shoulder, slip, slip, bang, slip, slip, bang. Down in a heap.

"Listen, no one can take my power. Nobody. These heavyweights don’t have a chance."

After Fury faces Ngannou, he's widely expected to finally go up against Oleksandr Usyk.

And he's got no plans to retire from the sport just yet - but did admit money is a big factor as he looks to continue his brilliant displays.

“I’m looking to sign another ten-fight deal after this," he revealed.

“I’m going to put my feelers out there and see who I can get the best deal off for another ten fights.

“What else is there? I retire, plenty of money, plenty of achievement, whatever……35 [years old]. What am I going to do?

"This makes me f*****g happy fighting. This is all I’ve ever done, and all that’s ever made me happy.

"So it’d be stupid now to walk away from it when I’m making millions of dollars and getting loads of joy from it as well.”


Oleksandr Usyk

Tyson Fury is expected to face Oleksandr Usyk after his fight with Francis Ngannou


Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua has teased he could face Deontay Wilder on the same night if Fury and Usyk agree to step into the ring.

"If they get this undisputed fight on [Usyk vs Fury], which has been looming for a while, word on the street is that it's supposed to be the undisputed fighters and then the undercard is supposed to be a big, lively one with me and Wilder," he said.

"But, in the meantime, we're going to be active this year.

"I've set my goals three times this year, and I'm still potentially going to get a fight in [before the end of the year].

"End this year on a high, God willing, and then move onto the next year and go out there and kick some more behind."

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