'This is Business, and He [Fury] Understands' - Iron Mike Tyson Replied to Tyson Fury's Sadness Remarks
Mike Tyson has added an intriguing element to the upcoming crossover bout between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, scheduled for October 28 in Saudi Arabia. The boxing legend is training Ngannou, who is making his boxing debut and is considered a significant underdog against the undefeated champion Fury.
Fury, in a recent statement, expressed his disappointment that the man he was named after, Mike Tyson, will be in the opposite corner. He described it as a sad situation and mentioned that he believes Tyson should be supporting him instead of being on the opposing side.
Fury further stated that regardless of what Tyson teaches Ngannou, the result of the fight will remain the same in his favor.
“I think that it’s sad, actually. The man that I am named after, a legend, has to go against me and then come out as a loser, having lost to a man who was named after him. I think that it’s sad and I think that he should be in my corner, not the opposing corner.”
When asked about going against his namesake by TNT Sports, Mike Tyson responded succinctly, stating,
“This is business, and he understands.”
Indeed, it is a business venture for both fighters. Fury is expected to earn a substantial sum, likely in the tens of millions, for the bout, while Ngannou will also receive a career-high payday compared to his previous UFC championship stint.
Mike Tyson believes that Ngannou will deliver a surprise on fight night, despite some skeptics viewing it as part of the promotional strategy. Tyson expressed confidence in Ngannou’s abilities, highlighting his power punching and impressive speed for a heavyweight of his size (260 pounds). He expects Ngannou to exceed the expectations of many.
The fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou will be contested over ten rounds in a professionally sanctioned bout. However, Fury’s WBC World title will not be on the line.