UFC star Francis Ngannou warned he is 'not ready' for Tyson Fury fight after being called out by Gypsy King for clash

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has been told he's nowhere near 'ready' to face Tyson Fury in a crossover bout.

The Predator was last week on the receiving end of a shock call-out from the WBC heavyweight king, a challenge he gleefully accepted.



But the heavy-handed Cameroonian's chances of battering the Gypsy King have been written off by many in the boxing world, including former WBC cruiserweight title challenger BJ Flores.

He told The Schmo: "Francis Ngannou is so fun to watch.

"He's so big, strong and explosive and such a powerful athlete.

"But with Tyson Fury, it's very, very difficult to go in there with a guy like Tyson Fury.

"It might look easy on TV but Tyson Fury is the real deal and Francis will struggle incredibly with a guy like Tyson Fury.

"He's not just going to go out there and just hit him.

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"Fury is going to beat him, period I'd like them to fight other guys who are big as well – he's not ready for Tyson Fury."

Ngannou, 34, is currently on the last fight of his UFC contract and hopes to negotiate a new deal that will permit him to box too.

The former refugee will be back in action a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 270 in Anaheim, California.

Ngannou's first title defence will see him lock horns with former MMA Factory team-mate Ciryl Gane.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Ngannou said of his maiden title defence: “I don’t recognize [Gane’s] belt.

“I’m the undisputed heavyweight champion. [Gane’s belt] isn’t legitimate, it is a replacement.

"The presence of the champion makes the interim title invalid. And I’m here.”

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