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Joshua vs Ngannou: Tyson Fury trades words with Cameroonian fighter over 'coward' claim

Fury confronts Ngannou during pre-fight event attended by Joshua, and Ronaldo

By Sports Desk
March 06, 2024
Britain’s two-time former unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (left), Cameroonian-French mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou (centre), and Britain’s WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. — AFP
Britain’s two-time former unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (left), Cameroonian-French mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou (centre), and Britain’s WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. — AFP

Ahead of a big event in Saudi Arabia, British professional boxer Tyson Fury has traded words with Cameroonian professional mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou over a 'coward' claim before the latter’s fight with British boxer and two-time former unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on Friday night.

Fury will be watching the forthcoming big fight between Ngannou and Joshua from the front row as a special guest tomorrow.

He reportedly traded words with Ngannou when they crossed paths at a pre-fight event in the presence of Joshua and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Sky Sports reported.

Britain's WBC champion was sensationally floored by Ngannou before he claimed a split-decision win as one of the judges believed that Ngannou, who knocked Fury down heavily in the third round, had won the fight 95-94 that held in October last year in Riyadh.

Britains Tyson Fury (left) falls on the ground as he fights against Cameroonian-French Francis Ngannou during their heavyweight boxing match in Riyadh early on October 29, 2023. — AFP
Britain's Tyson Fury (left) falls on the ground as he fights against Cameroonian-French Francis Ngannou during their heavyweight boxing match in Riyadh early on October 29, 2023. — AFP

The confrontation was witnessed by Joseph Parker's trainer, Andy Lee, who told Sky Sports: "Listen, the past is not the past. It's still very fresh in the memory. This Netflix thing that came out. The way it was edited, it looks like it was very much Francis' fight. He got the last word in the documentary.

"I think Tyson felt like he had to pull him up - and he did. Fair play to him. "There was no shouting and roaring. It was just, simply, 'Hey, you've been talking about me, saying I'm a coward. Saying that you won't fight us. I won the fight!'

"It's just what fighting men do, I guess. They won't let things go."

Fury has already promised to be seen in the ring, again, with Ngannou, if he manages to grab a stunning upset win over Joshua.

"He's a big presence and he's quite vocal. He'll be there, enjoying the fight," said Lee, adding: "You want to see the two of them getting stuck into each other. He said last night to Ngannou, 'Take care of your man and I'll take care of my man and I'll see you again'."

The upcoming fight will start at 4pm, Friday March 8, and aired live on Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491) and Sky Sports Box Office HD (Sky channel 492).