Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou set for October 28 in Saudi Arabia as Gypsy King gears up for ‘exhibition’ against former UFC champion… with his WBC title ‘NOT on the line’
- Fury failed to negotiate an undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk this year
- He has therefore been forced to turn his attention to MMA star Ngannou next
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Tyson Fury is set to collide with former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28.
Fury, one of boxing’s two reigning world heavyweight champions, has been on the hunt for a new opponent since his lopsided win over Dereck Chisora at Wembley Stadium back in December.
Yet after a proposed undisputed battle with Oleksandr Usyk failed to materialise earlier this year, and Anthony Joshua passed up the chance to face him in September, the Gypsy King has now been forced to turn to Ngannou.
On Tuesday it was confirmed that he will face the MMA star in a 10-round exhibition under boxing’s Queensberry rules in Saudi on October 28 – with Fury’s WBC title not on the line.
Tyson Fury is set to face former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28
Their crossover bout is therefore taking place inside a standard boxing ring as opposed to the cage Ngannou has earned his success in.
The Cameroonian reigned for close to two years as UFC heavyweight champion before leaving the company in January, first capturing the title by knocking out Stipe Miocic in January 2021.
However, after failing to agree terms over a new contract, he waved goodbye to the UFC at the start of the year and put pen to paper on a multi-fight deal with MMA promotion the Professional Fighters League in May.
Ngannou, who underwent surgery in March to repair his MCL and ACL, is allowed to box under the terms of his PFL contract.