Francis Ngannou responds to Tyson Fury fight offer with alternative offer for ‘The Gypsy King’

Ngannou vs Fury in 2022? (Picture: Getty)

UFC champion Francis Ngannou has responded to Tyson Fury’s fight offer as the two heavyweight champions step up their war of words.

Fury issued a challenge to his UFC counterpart Nagannou on Twitter on Thursday, offering to fight the Cameroonian under boxing rules but with 4oz MMA gloves.

Ngannou has expressed interest in taking on one of boxing’s heavyweight stars over the years and recently reiterated his desire to fight Fury or Deontay Wilder before he retires.

Responding to Fury’s offer, ‘The Predator’ wrote: ‘How about MMA rules with boxing gloves? I can do you that favour.’

Unimpressed with the counter offer, Fury hit back: ‘You want to come into my world calling me and Wilder out to a boxing match. What I can guarantee you would be knocked out and also paid your highest purse. So you have a think.’

Ngannou is set to put his heavyweight title on the line against Ciryl Gane on 22 January in California and promised Fury will become his his priority after that bout.

‘After I handle business on 22 January I’ll fight you under any special rule set you want. In a ring, an octagon or phone booth.’

Fury has fought just once in 23 months and is desperate for a more active schedule in 2022.

His co-promoter Frank Warren recently confirmed ‘The Gypsy King’ will return to action in March – although his WBC title may not be on the line due to an ongoing arbitration case between the governing body and Dillian Whyte.

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