The long-awaited heavyweight boxing crossover is almost here, as Francis Ngannou will take on WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. Before the card can be official, all fighters competing must make weight.
The announcement of Ngannou making his boxing debut against Fury came as a surprise to MMA fans. Both fighters had long teased stepping into the ring together, as far back as 2021.
Fury also wanted to challenge the WBA, IBF, and WBO Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk. “The Gypsy King” teased fighting the Ukrainian and even UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones next, creating doubt that he would step in the ring against “The Predator.”.
Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou
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However, on July 11, the fight was made official. Although Fury’s title will not be on the line, the contest will be a professional one, meaning that a loss for either fighter will be added to their record.
In the lead-up, fans have been wondered whether Ngannou’s power will translate from MMA to boxing. “The Predator” has remained confident that he will be able to get a knockout over the WBC champ. To help in that quest, the ex-UFC star has been training with boxing heavyweight legend Mike Tyson in preparation for his boxing debut.
Nevertheless, the odds are still far from in his favor ahead of a fight against the 33-0 boxing champion this weekend. Ngannou clearly doesn’t have the pugilism skills that Fury has, but boxing and MMA fans alike seem intrigued by what will happen if his power punches land on “The Gypsy King.”
Fury vs. Ngannou: Battle Of The Baddest will occur in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 28. In the United States, fans must have a subscription to ESPN+, which costs $10.99, in order to purchase the pay-per-view for $79.99. For United Kingdom fans, the PPV will be on TNT Sports Box Office for £21.95.
Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou: Battle Of The Baddest Fight Card Weigh-In Results
Heavyweight: Tyson Fury vs. Francis NgannouBritish Heavyweight Championship: Fabio Wardley vs. David AdeleyeHeavyweight: Joseph Parker vs. Simon KeanHeavyweight: Carlos Takam vs. Martin BakoleHeavyweight: Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Junior Anthony Wright Jr.Heavyweight: Moses Itauma vs. István Bernáth