Fury vs Ngannou: Tom Aspinall of the UFC proposes rules to make crossover bouts ‘fair’

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Fury vs Ngannou: Tom Aspinall, a UFC fighter, has expressed his enthusiasm for a potential crossover fight between world heavyweight champions Fury vs Ngannou but believes that components of mixed martial arts must be included in order for the fight to be worthwhile.

Following Fury’s knockout victory over Dillian Whyte in April, Ngannou entered the ring with the Gypsy King, indicating that the two have agreed to a mixed-rules bout in 2023.

Ngannou’s desire to express his boxing roots and Fury’s rumoured retirement from professional boxing has long been connected to a hybrid showdown, with Ngannou’s desire to channel his boxing roots and Fury’s rumoured departure from professional boxing appearing to pave the way for an exhibition.

While the UFC fighter has undeniable punching power, Aspinall has advocated for the use of kicks as a minimum to level the playing field.

“I would be interested to see if them two fought, I’d like to see the fight, that would be awesome,” Aspinall told Sky Sports.

Fury was previously seen training with British UFC middleweight Darren Till in a high-intensity pad session while donning mixed martial arts gloves and throwing knees and elbows.

“I’ve grappled with him [Fury] before, he’s interested in it,” added Aspinall. “I know he’s done bits of grappling, bits of kicks before, he was down in our gym training.

“He’s definitely got an interest in it. I’d love to see it though.”

Crossover fights have grown commonplace in combat sports, with undisputed light-middleweight champion Claressa Shields entering the sport and Kamaru Usman earlier expressing his desire to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, much to the chagrin of UFC president Dana Whyte.

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Conor McGregor in 2017, the enormous financial rewards of such an event were highlighted, with Ngannou’s desire for any prospective new contract with UFC to offer him the ability to choose between the two disciplines being a crucial factor.

Aspinall, however, has warned against fighters underestimating a difficult transition.

“If he [Fury] wants to fight in the UFC under UFC rules I think he’d need a couple of years to prepare at least,” said Aspinall.

“The switch between boxing and MMA is much more difficult than people think, I think for an MMA fighter to think they can go across and box world-class boxers is ignorant and the other way around. It’s ignorant thinking.

“I love to box, but I’d need a year at least to just box. It’s quite the transition.”

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