Previously, the UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has expressed his interest in fighting boxing champion Tyson Fury on Twitter. ‘The Gypsy King’ himself responded to that tweet and agreed to fight in a huge crossover PPV fight.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 6, 2022
Both heavyweight champions have gone back and forth in making the fight. One of the biggest obstacles for Francis Ngannou was his feud with Dana White and the UFC contract that forbids him to fight in any other discipline unless he has explicit permission from the UFC.
Congratulations @francis_ngannou but if you want to make some real money come see the GK ?
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 23, 2022
They mulled a fight with boxing rules but all while wearing MMA attire – smaller gloves. Fury also asked the UFC president Dana White to organize their crossover fight. Although there was a problem with Dana White and Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum, the fight will still happen eventually. Ngannou will officially become a free agent in December of 2022 according to his own statement. And if the UFC were to strip him of the heavyweight belt that would only make him a free agent sooner.
Recently, during a recent interview with iFL TV via The Manchester Evening News, Tyson Fury confirmed the fight with Ngannou and revealed the time and place for the event.
“I am going to fight Francis Ngannou in Las Vegas next year – in March or February. There’s been no talks this year, because I have got some boxing to do.” Fury said.
Tyson Fury believes a reigning heavyweight champion from different sports clashing in a crossover fight will draw a lot of attention. The 33-year-old is sure that the PPV buy will break the records.
“But next year we can have some crazy fights. It’s a massive fight – I believe it breaks all pay-per-view records in the United States. Two heavyweight champions going head to head.” Fury added.
Francis Ngannou has an absolute powerhouse and his striking capability is quite grim. He knocked out many opponents in the first minute of the first round. With a total of 12 knockouts out of 17 wins. Surely a boxing fight with the undefeated Tyson Fury would be one hell of a fight.
Fury also neglected to mention Ngannou will be likely undergoing a knee reconstruction in March that will take at least 10 months to recover from. So while Fury may have outlined a timeline – it’s likely there will be some push back yet on the matter.
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