TYSON FURY got embarrassed by Francis Ngannou because he was slacking in the gym, according to one of his sparring partners.
And according to Martin Bakole, the WBC king’s lack of adequate preparation from a sparring perspective almost resulted in him suffering his first professional loss.
He told iFL TV: “I’ve never seen Tyson training like that. He was doing four rounds, six rounds in the gym for sparring.
“Maybe he’s watching this and knows he wasn’t 100 per cent focused.
“This was different.”
Fury, 35, is seemingly leaving no stone unturned for his undisputed heavyweight title fight with former pound-for-pound king Oleksandr Usyk month.
Bakole knows a thing or two about Usyk having sparred undefeated Ukrainian on multiple occasions.
And he reckons the former cruiserweight king could cause a huge upset if Fury doesn’t mind his Ps and Qs.
He said: “This is a hard question. Very hard question. 50/50.
“On points, I can see Usyk. And a knockout, it may be a surprise, but the Gypsy King.
“Because he has to fix his mistakes, you know, people judge him against Ngannou.
“Imagine if he stops Usyk, they will say that the Ngannou fight was a little bit of a mistake, he didn’t take it serious.
“It’s so hard because I know Usyk is world-class. Top-class movement. But the Gypsy King … I’ll go draw for me.”
Fury is anticipating a tough night atagainst slick southpaw but insists: “There’s only one winner, and I am destined to become the undisputed champion.
“More than that, I am destined to cement my legacy as the No. 1 fighter in this era.
“To do that I have to beat this little man and that’s it, simple as.
“Easier said than done I understand, he’s a tricky man, good boxer, slick.
“But I have seen many people like him before and when they fight the big men they struggle.
“He’s going to struggle on February 17 and he’s going to lose, I will break him for sure.”