According to promoter Frank Warren, The bout between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury won’t include any world championship belts.
The match will follow boxing regulations and will take place on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fans were wondering whether or not Fury’s WBC world championship will be on the line. While talking to talkSPORT, Warren finally spoke on the matter.
He said: “There won’t be any belts on the line because the guy is not ranked, but we’re not selling it as that, it’s an event. We’re not saying he’s in the ratings and he won’t be in the ratings, it is what it is. It’s a crossover event between two guys from two different disciplines.”
When asked whether the bout would count towards Fury’s professional boxing record, Warren went on to say: “It’s a different type of event, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask the governing bodies.”
The Hall of Fame promoter continued by saying that each round would last three minutes, but he did not reveal hiw many rounds they would be going for.
Since the match’s announcement, there has been a lot of backlash from boxing fans. They are upset that Fury would be taking on an MMA combatant rather than vying for the undisputed heavyweight world titles.
Warren countered this accusation, stating: “These are two guys who are the best in their relative sports, that is what they are. One is the champion of UFC, he has the Guinness World Record as the hardest-ever puncher and he is with Tyson.”
Warren revealed that inspite of trying to make matches with Oleksander Usyk and Anthony Joshua, there were no favourable results.
He said: “Let me tell you, why did we make the fight? Because we tried to make the fight with Usyk, we tried to make the fight with Joshua and neither of them wanted to know. Who else is out there? First of all, this whole division was stagnant, stagnant. Everybody was waiting for a big show in December.”
“We were told, a couple of weeks ago, that this is being pushed back to the autumn of 2024. So what are supposed to do? Sit around waiting? They said nothing could be done in Saudi, well something is being done in Saudi.”
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