Tyson Fury claims he would weigh career-heaviest 21 STONE in crossover fight with UFC champ Francis Ngannou

TYSON FURY claimed he would weigh a career-heaviest 21 STONE against UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou.

The champions of boxing and the UFC respectively have gone back and forth for the past few years, fuelling talk of a crossover fight.

Fury recently mapped out a plan to retire after his title defence to Dillian Whyte on April 23, but it would not affect a ‘special fight’ with Ngannou.

And the Gypsy King would pile on the pounds for a bout under boxing rules but in a cage with the smaller 4oz gloves on.

Fury said on the MMA Hour: “We’ve got Francis Ngannou, he’s a big guy, a big dangerous guy.

“I’d love to see, people going on, ‘Oh, it’s not a fair fight in 10oz gloves,’ and that’s correct.

“It wouldn’t be a fair fight in 10oz gloves because like [Daniel] Cormier said recently, he said Francis Ngannou is a much cruder version of Deontay Wilder, and we all know what happened there.

“So I think if we’re doing four-ounce gloves, he’d have a bit more chance of knocking me out, but then again, I’d have a bit more chance of knocking him out also.

“So it makes for an exciting fight. And I will try to come in at my heaviest for that fight.

“I’ll try to come in over 300 pounds – just to nail him to the canvas with one solid punch.”

Fury, 33, has called to fight Ngannou, 35, in Las Vegas next year but first returns to the UK in a homecoming at Wembley Stadium.

He had promised to win the undisputed crown after the Whyte fight – only to backtrack and say he will retire after his mandatory defence against Whyte, 33.

But even if he does hang up his boxing gloves, Fury will make an exception to face Ngannou.

He said: “I don’t count that as a real boxing fight.

“That’s not a boxing fight. That’s gonna be a ‘special’ fight. That will be in a cage in 4oz gloves, in Las Vegas, at the Raiders Stadium.

“I will have retired from competitive, championship boxing and I’ll be ready to do the crossover fights completely.”

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