Malignaggi And Algieri Give Their Take On Fury Vs. Ngannou

November 15, 2023
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Paulie Malignaggi has backed Tyson Fury to start on the front foot against Francis Ngannou when the pair meet on October 28th, 2023.

The crossover fight will be part of the Riyadh Season, with the pressure being on Fury to perform. The WBC heavyweight champion is rightly the favorite, given that Ngannou has never set foot in a boxing ring before.

The question marks heading into the fight remain over the tactics that the Gypsy King will utilise. Fury and Ngannou are ultimately receiving the highest paydays of their careers, which has increased the expectation to perform.

That could result in Fury attacking from the off, something which he vowed to do. But in doing so, there is a risk that the heavyweight could be caught.

At the same time, there is an argument that Fury could take Ngannou past five rounds in the hope that the MMA fighter tires out due to his tendency to have five rounds in MMA. But for Malignaggi, he expected nothing but fireworks from Fury.

Malignaggi On Fury-Ngannou

“Mayweather carried McGregor. He’s not a guy that comes forward that much. Mayweather also wasn’t cutting off the ring. When I spoke to Mayweather after the fight, ‘Why didn’t you cut the ring off?’ ‘No, I had to let him last.’ So, I had to keep circling and following him around until he broke down. I think Fury does the opposite.

“I think Fury is going to go straight to Ngannou and try to stop him because you back up a puncher. Ngannou is a known puncher, and he’s a big guy as well. I know McGregor was a known puncher, but he was backed up as well. You got to back up a puncher. I think Fury is going to take a page out of the Wilder second fight,” said Malignaggi said

Algieri On Fury-Ngannou

In comparison, Chris Algieri had a different take on the matter. The former boxer expected Fury to take Ngannou deep into the fight, much like how Floyd Mayweather had done so against Conor McGregor.

As the fight would play out, it became clear that McGregor would not be able to last the distance. And it was at that point that Mayweather stepped on the gas to secure the stoppage in the tenth round. And that is how Algieri sees things playing out.

“Tyson Fury, he’s going to carry him for a couple of rounds. He’s an ever-showman,” said Algieri. “He’s going to go out there and make a fight of it. Mayweather did it as well. He carried McGregor. I don’t care what anybody says, especially MMA fans, in terms of how that fight went. I think Tyson is going to do the same thing. I don’t think he’s going to carry him quite as long,” Fury

Ultimately, Fury is expected to come out victorious which will be the main goal. And provided that this happens, the attention will naturally turn towards the undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk. And there is no getting away from that.