MIKE TYSON has urged UFC star Francis Ngannou to reach new levels of trash talk and tell opponents: “You’re the head of your family, you’re a coward… that means I can have your wife.”
Ngannou describes former undisputed world heavyweight king Tyson, 53, who is eyeing a comeback trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield, as his “idol”.
Franics Ngannou towers over his idol Mike Tyson, who has told him get in the head of opponentsCredit: Instagram @francisngannou
Mike Tyson told Francis Ngannou to gt up close and personal with trash talk to opponentsCredit: Instagram @francisngannou
But Tyson certainly did not go soft on the “Predator” when he advised the French-Cameroonian how to get a second title shot.
He told the 33-year-old on his “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” podcast: “You should go, ‘Everybody is scared of me in the UFC. Have pride for your family. Your mother, your father, your sister, your children know you’re a coward.
“‘Show your family some pride. Put pride on your family’s name, you coward. Your family name is going down.
“‘You’re the head of your family and you’re a coward. … Think about your family. This is what you think? That means I can have your wife.
You’re a kind man. I’m a kind man, but I do it to get in their heads. I had to get in people’s heads
“‘This is my family now. If you’re not going to fight me, this is my family now.'”
And Tyson appeared to suggest Ngannou should toughen up his attitude – creating a separate persona for fighting.
He told him: “You’re a kind man. I’m a kind man, but I do it to get in their heads. I had to get in people’s heads.”
Ngannou’s fearsome power means many rivals are unwilling to take him on.
But having been outclassed by Stipe Miocic in his first bid for the heavyweight crown, he moved near another attempt by beating Curtis Blaydes, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, and Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
He might have to wait, though as a trilogy fight between champ Miocic and Daniel Cormier seems more likely first.
But Tyson urged Ngannou: “You’ve got to go out there and make challenges. You’ve got to make your challenge here. Go and talk. Make challenges with these guys. Put them on television shows.”
Source: Boxing - thesun.co.uk