Tyson Fury has claimed that losing to Francis Ngannou would be just as humiliating as Manchester United's 7-0 thumping by Liverpool last season.
The pair are set to go toe-to-toe in Saudi Arabia in a crossover bout on October 28, with Ngannou, a former heavyweight champion in the UFC, stepping into the boxing ring for the first time in his career.
The Gypsy King is the resounding favourite with the bookies to beat Ngannou in Riyadh. The current WBC heavyweight champion of the world is undefeated in 34 professional fights.
And in an interview with former England international Rio Ferdinand on TNT Sports to preview the bout, Fury compared a potential defeat to Ngannou to United's 7-0 hammering at the hands of the Reds at Anfield last season.
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He said: “He's about 6ft 5in tall, he's about 278 pounds, he's about 18 or 19 stone, a dynamite puncher with both hands, he's recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the hardest puncher to have ever punched anything, so there's that risk.
“The biggest risk of all is fighting a MMA fighter, and I'm the world heavyweight champion, so what happens if he beats me? Ridiculed.
“It would be like getting beat by Liverpool for Manchester United, 7-0, wouldn't it? How do you come back from that?"
The Reds claimed a 7-0 win over their bitter rivals in March; it was their biggest success over United. Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah all scored braces before Roberto Firmino completed the scoring in front of the Kop.Read on liverpoolecho.co.uk