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Mike Tyson sends warning to Tyson Fury after training Francis Ngannou for fight

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Mike Tyson is feeling optimistic about Francis Ngannou’s chances against Tyson Fury having started training him.

Ngannou is currently preparing to take on Fury on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and he has enlisted the help of Tyson in the hopes of causing a huge upset.

No-one is giving the former UFC heavyweight champion anything more than a puncher’s chance in this bout, but Tyson believes Ngannou will give Fury a tougher fight than might be expected.

“He’s had many professional fights, he’s just never experienced a professional boxing match,” Tyson explained to ESPN.

“Working with him yesterday, he has the aptitude and I see a good future in his life.

“It’s not going to be as one-sided as people think it is.

“I was speaking with Francis once he came in [to the gym] and I asked him “Are you sore today?” and he said no. That was a big mistake.

“We are going to work him and exert everything he has for this particular match, because he is going to have to do that.

“And I definitely believe that it’s going to be a tougher fight than everyone thinks”.

And Ngannou is delighted to have Tyson on board, as he said: “Bringing Mike Tyson into my training camp is one of the best decisions I can make to prepare for Tyson Fury.

“Mike Tyson is an idol of mine in the sport. His experience and boxing IQ will be important to honing my technique under his guidance to win this super fight.”

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