Mike Tyson receives invitation to train Francis Ngannou again ahead of Anthony Joshua fight in March
Serving as a vital part of training camp for Francis Ngannou’s professional boxing debut back in August of last year, veteran former heavyweight world champion and Rabona ambassador Mike Tyson has been invited to help the former UFC gold holder prepare for his sophomore boxing clash in March, as he tackles British heavyweight star, Anthony Joshua.
Tyson, a renowned former heavyweight world champion, served as a massive part in the camp of former UFC heavyweight champion, Ngannou back in August for the Cameroonian’s first foray to the squared circle against unbeaten WBC heavyweight best, Tyson Fury.
And guiding the Batié native to a hugely-impressive performance, Ngannou fell just short in his effort of stopping the run of Morecambe native, Fury, dropping the WBC gold holder en route to a a controversial split decision defeat.
And according to Ngannou’s trainer, Dewey Cooper, Rabona ambassador Mike Tyson has been invited to help train the former for his March return to the ring – this time in a pivotal clash against former gold holder, Joshua.
“I have known Mike since the 1990s,” Cooper told Metro during a recent interview. “We have been friends for a long time. There is always an open invitation for Mike Tyson, as far as I’m concerned. He and Francis (Ngannou) have a special relationship so the door is always open for Mike. That is for sure. And we all welcome that.”
“Mike came through a few times, he wasn’t there every day on everything happening but his knowledge, his information, hsi commitment to Francis was so important,” Cooper continued. “And it meant a lot to Francis. The motivation he gave Francis – imagine your favorite player or person you have admired since you were young came out to work with you and support you and was on your side for your biggest outing of your life.”
Tasked with landing both his first professional boxing win, Ngannou will also have to overcome a three-fight winning rise for Watford native, Joshua, who has turned in recent stoppage wins over both Otto Wallin, and Robert Helenius, to go with a unanimous decision win over Jermaine Franklin last year.
Departing the UFC back in January of 2022, Ngannou – who received significant insight into his professional boxing move by Mike Tyson prior to his fight with Fury, ended his Octagon run with a unanimous decision title retention and unification win over former interim champion, Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.
Revered as one of the most devastating knockout artists in the history of boxing, Brooklyn-born puncher, Tyson landed notable victories over the likes of Marvis Frazier, Trevor Berbick, Tyrell Biggs, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Frank Bueno, Donovan Ruddock, Peter McNeeley, Bruce Seldon, and Francois Botha to name a few.
Drawing massive comparisons to Mike Tyson since his ascension through the heavyweight ranks in the UFC, the above-mentioned, Ngannou has been tipped to make his return to mixed martial arts later this year in an eventual bow with the PFL (Professional Fighters League).