‘These boxing guys need guys to fight’

Editor’s note: This post was initially released at MMAJunkie.com.

UFC president Dana White has actually never ever kept back with his ideas on the state of boxing. He believes the sport has actually been mishandled and has a shopping list of concerns unfathomable to recite, so little bit from that corner of the battle sports world can stun him.

That’s why White appeared entirely unsurprised by heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury’s current choice to call out UFC heavyweight titleholder Francis Ngannou.

Fury published on social networks this previous week and proposed a mixed-rules face-off of sorts in which he would deal with Ngannou (16-3 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 11-2 UFC) in a boxing match with mixed martial arts gloves. Ngannou took the bait and made it clear he would recommend it, however in truth, it’s not that simple.


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A bunch of obstacles would stand in the method of bringing such a match to fulfillment, and much of it holds on the outcome of Ngannou’s title battle versus Ciryl Gane on Saturday at UFC 270. Nonetheless, White stated it’s all a testimony on where boxing stands.

“No (I’m not surprised),” White informed mixed martial arts Addict and other media at the UFC on ESPN 32 post-fight press conference. “Listen, these guys – none of this surprises me. These boxing guys need guys to fight. That’s what it shows. It doesn’t surprise me at all.”

If Ngannou is eager to pursue the match with Fury, then he may have the chance in the future. Ngannou gets in UFC 270 in the middle of a well-documented agreement conflict with the UFC brass, and if he loses his battle with Gane, he will end up being a complimentary representative.

If Ngannou emerges triumphant at UFC 270, he likely will try to suffer the staying time on his offer and effort to get in totally free firm while he’s still UFC champ. Because situation, a UFC exit to pursue a clash with Fury would make the prospective bout absolutely nothing except huge.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.