Legendary boxing coach Teddy Atlas thinks Francis Ngannou must be cautious of how he approaches Ciryl Gane.
Heavyweight champion Ngannou (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) will fights interim champ Gane (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in a title unification bout at UFC 270 on Jan. 22. It’s a extremely anticipated matchup between former coaching companions.
Ngannou’s devastating energy has shut the lights out for nearly each heavyweight contender. However in his title-winning knockout efficiency in opposition to Stipe Miocic, not solely was he in a position to avenge a 2018 loss, however he displayed a way more affected person and composed model of himself.
“Earlier than he received the title, Ngannou was only a sturdy, robust son of a gun,” Atlas advised Submission Radio. “However he matured. His expertise introduced him down a highway of studying. And he received higher. And he was loads higher.
“He landed a counter left hook with Miocic – a counter left hook. He stepped again, Miocic reached in – bang. He threw a counter. That’s alongside the traces of the candy science. That’s improvement.”
However in Gane, Ngannou is going through one of many extra expert, fast and tactical heavyweights on the roster. Atlas in contrast their matchup to Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder and thinks if Ngannou falls in love together with his energy an excessive amount of like he has prior to now, Gane will make him pay.
“He’s going to have that and extra to beat this fella, as a result of (Gane) has been developed,” Atlas mentioned. “He’s had a head begin on him so far as being that sort of mental fighter, being greater than only a robust man. And it’s going to be very fascinating – it’s going to be very fascinating. And I feel it’s going to be fascinating due to what I simply mentioned – as a result of Ngannou has improved. However he higher enhance some extra. He higher proceed bettering, and he higher not get himself into a hearth battle the place he’s simply relying on his energy. As a result of if that occurs, he’ll wind up in the identical place as Wilder wound up in opposition to Fury.”