Tyson Fury insists he wants to fight UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in the cage – as soon as he takes care of Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
Fury is currently preparing for his trilogy meeting with Wilder in Las Vegas having been forced to abandon plans to face Joshua in an undisputed clash next month.
Should he retain his heavyweight title – and Joshua successfully defends his belts against Oleksandr Usyk – Fury will aim to complete his collection of straps before the year is out.
Fury remains intent on chasing a bout with Ngannou and recently trained with UFC legend Nick Diaz who is preparing a comeback.
'[Diaz] told me Ngannou can't do wrestling anyway so we're just looking for a stand-up bang out," Fury told TMZ.
"Me and Ngannou in the small gloves, make it happen. As soon as I'm done with Wilder and Joshua I will fight Ngannou in an octagon with 4oz gloves.
"He's not a wrestler anyway, it's a stand-up fight."
Fury has long harboured hopes of stepping from the ring to the cage and regularly called out former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
But his sights are firmly set on Ngannou who beat Stipe Miocic to win the heavyweight crown earlier this year.
And the Cameroon-born Frenchman has said he is even willing to take on Fury in the squared circle.
"I don't want to fight Mike Tyson but I would like to fight another heavyweight boxer such as Tyson Fury," he has said.
"Absolutely. I'm open to that. Remember boxing was my primary dream and I still have the fire, the dream inside me and I believe at some point, I'm gonna make a step.”
Fury responded by telling ESPN: "I'd love to fight Ngannou. I love the celebrity boxers coming into boxing, the UFC fighters and the wrestlers coming into this game.
"Whoever they put in front of me, those are the ones I'm going to fight. Ngannou is a massive guy, he has huge muscles and he looks the part.
"He's a big name, he just beat Stipe in a fight and he's talking about boxing but this is a different world.
"I'll eat him up and spit him out seven times a day. If I go into MMA and he starts grabbing me and ripping to the floor it's not going to be an even match.
"It'll be 10 times harder for him coming to boxing than me going to MMA, it's a different world."
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