Francis Ngannou likely boxing Tyson Fury next, but with ‘disappointing’ stipulation, promoter confirms

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou will be making his boxing debut against Tyson Fury. However, the anticipated matchup between these two heavy hitters may not live up to fans’ expectations.

Ever since Francis Ngannou’s departure from the UFC, there has been a buzz surrounding his potential matchups with top boxing heavyweights. Known for his power and striking ability, Ngannou has garnered significant attention in his foray into the world of boxing.

In recent developments, he disclosed that his team has engaged in serious negotiations with Deontay Wilder for a two-bout deal, one in boxing and one in MMA.

Renowned boxing promoter Eddie Hearn shared his insights during an interview with Boxing Social. He expressed his belief that Ngannou’s next opponent will indeed be Tyson Fury.

However, Hearn clarified that the bout would be an exhibition match. The promoter disclosed that the exhibition bout would enforce a “no knockdowns or no knockouts” rule, dampening the excitement surrounding the contest.

Hearn stated: “Yes, I believe so [Francis Ngannou will fight Tyson Fury next]. This is what I’ve heard. It’ll be an exhibition. No knockdowns or anything… It’s disappointing, but it is what it is. I wanted to see him [Fury] fight [Oleksandr] Usyk.”

If the reports prove accurate, this revelation is undeniably disappointing for combat sports enthusiasts. The matchup between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury promises a thrilling showdown between two of the hardest-hitting combatants in their respective disciplines. Fans are eager to witness a striking spectacle, to determine who possesses the power to knock out their opponent.

However, with the proposed rule of “no knockdowns or knockouts” in place, the anticipated clash could turn into a prolonged and less exciting affair. The absence of the possibility of a swift knockout diminishes the spectacle and raises concerns that the contest may lack the intensity that fans crave.