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Francis Ngannou urges Oleksandr Usyk to step aside for Tyson Fury rematch

Francis Ngannou urges Oleksandr Usyk to step aside for Tyson Fury rematch

Francis Ngannou has said he desires a rematch with Tyson Fury if Oleksandr Usyk would allow it.

“If Usyk can step out and let me fight Fury, I’ll fight Fury, then I’ll let them do whatever they do. I’ll go back, maybe do some MMA fight and come back with some people in boxing.

“The rematch is what I want next the most’, he said.

Ngannou has also made his decision on whether he’ll appeal his controversial defeat to Tyson Fury while naming the fight he wants next.

Ngannou suffered a tight split decision defeat to Fury in Saudi Arabia last weekend.

The self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ gave a brutally honest interview following his debatable victory.

One of the judges scored the bout 96-93 in favour of Fury which caused outrage, with Joe Rogan making his feelings clear on the scoring of the heavyweight showdown.

Despite the controversial scorecards, Ngannou WON’T be appealing the result as he hopes to land a rematch against Fury next.

“Who am I gonna appeal to? [The British Boxing Commission]? I have no chance. I think that’s just another way of humiliation,” he told TMZ Sports.

Asked what he wants next, he replied: “The rematch is what I want next the most.

“As for right now I feel like there is a lot of options for me, but I want to choose wisely, and I would go for the rematch first.”

‘The Predator’ added: “My best scenario in boxing is to wait for Fury. If Usyk can step out and let me fight Fury, I’ll fight Fury, then I’ll let them do whatever they do. I’ll go back, maybe do some MMA fight and come back with some people in boxing.

“I’m planning to fight potentially twice next year, [starting] maybe February or March.”

As he alludes to, it all depends on whether Oleksandr Usyk would step aside as he’s in line to face the WBC world heavyweight champion.

Usyk, who holds the WBA (super), IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles, is contracted to meet the unbeaten British star next year.

So, Ngannou could be forced to fight someone else, with a ‘mixed rules’ bout against Deontay Wilder suggested.

 

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