Last week, Elite Price fighting heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury had a brief exchange on Twitter. A potential fight was discussed, but it came with a mixed rules proposal from both men.
Fans sitting around watching the business of these two powerhouses have been struck. But if you ask viewers like Chael Sonnen, this proposal can be problematic on both sides.
In a recent video he uploaded, Sonnen first questioned Ngannou’s “phone booth” fighting advice. But in regards to setting up a mixed rules fight, he had a slightly bigger problem with the idea of ”The Gypsy Kings.”
“Tyson Fury added the folly by telling Francis that he was boxing Francis wearing MMA gloves. So now you have the same ‘where does the camera go in the phone booth?’ The question is, ”he said.
“Where are you going to box in MMA gloves? Who can sanction it? You’ve limited our options and who’s going to watch it? And what does it look like when ESPN tries to cover it on Sportscenter? ‘Cause, they can’t call it boxing.
“Boxing can’t be done with four-ounce gloves. Now you have created a new sport. And then everyone who tries to cover or illustrate throws their hands up and says, ‘To hell with them.’ Let me know who wins. Good luck to you both. There’s $ 100 here. ‘ This is strange. ”
“The West Linn Gangster” then questioned Fury’s “pride” as a boxer.
“Where are you most proud of your sport? If you are a boxer, you will not change the rules of boxing. You stand by your sport. If you come here, that’s how we do it, ”Sonnen said.
“You can have dumb and stupid discussions on the rule and sport of boxing, but you can’t wear MMA gloves. It’s not boxing anymore. It’s a different thing. Why can’t you be proud of your own sport?
“If you change something, it’s because nobody wants it. No one tried to negotiate a change in rounds, weight class, and / or, in this case, glove size – nobody gave it. . ”
Mixed rules fighting can be a long shot. However, it is reported that top-ranked boxing is particularly interested in pairing Ngannou and Fury with the UFC’s ESPN deal.