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Tyson Fury could be set to take part in one of the biggest cross-promotion fights ever after teasing fans with a question over a boxing bout with MMA star Francis Ngannou.
The Gypsy King has addressed the prospect of fighting the Cameroonian before, saying he would 'roast' the UFC champion in the ring.
And now he has taken that idea a step further by openly asking fans on social media whether they would like to see such a bout happen.
Fury also tagged Ngannou and UFC president Dana White in the post so they too could be involved in the discussion.
"Who would like to see me fight this beast boxing rules @ufc gloves?" he wrote on Twitter.
Ngannou has on several occasions spoke of his desire to try his hand at boxing, and could be free to switch sports as soon as this month.
The 35-year-old has one fight left on his current UFC deal, which will expire after his next appearance on January 22 when he defends his UFC heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane.
After that he will no longer be bound by the UFC rule which prevents fighters from taking part in other bouts not under the promotion.
Ngannou is already at loggerheads with the UFC hierarchy over his earnings, and has threatened to walk out on the promotion if he and other fighters are not better compensated for their work.
He has also said he would want to have a clause allowing him to pursue a boxing career as well as his UFC fighting if he was to sign another deal with White's company.
Would you like to see Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou fight? Let us know in the comments section.
The Cameroonian has also name-checked Fury in the past, when discussing the level of opponent he would like to take on if he did take up boxing.
"It's gonna happen, either way. Even if, when the UFC and I finalise a deal, the boxing part has to be into it because I can't see myself retire without boxing," he said.
"Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder. I would like to test myself to that level. It's not the same sport, although I'm the champion, I'm in the top in this division."
Fury's stipulation about any potential bout being a boxing match is no surprise, considering his previous comments about MMA fighting.
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"I've got no real interest in grappling up and down on the floor and all that sort of stuff," he told TalkSPORT in June.
"I'm a stand-up fighting man, I don't wrestle up and down and grab each other's arms and sit on each other and all that.
"I've no interest in all that stuff – I like to stand up and fight so would I ever compete as an MMA fighter? Hell no!
"Would I compete with small gloves on in a cage in a fight? Yes. But no gripping and grappling.
"The noble art of standing up and what men have been doing for centuries. I don't see any noble science in wrestling up and down the floor."
- Tyson Fury
- Dana White
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