World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will finally return to the ring in a crossover clash against former UFC heavyweight ruler Francis Ngannou.
While boxing fans have been calling for Fury to collide with Oleksandr Usyk in their highly-awaited undisputed showdown and carry on the trend of blockbuster fights this year, ‘The Gypsy King’ is going in a different direction for now.
Instead, Fury won’t defend his heavyweight title, but take on MMA star Ngannou under professional boxing rules.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the widely divisive crossover fight between Fury and Ngannou.
Fury vs Ngannou Fight Details
Fight: Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Main Event Time: Approx. 6pm ET
Live On: ESPN+
PPV Price: $79.99
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Fury vs Ngannou Fight Preview
Having been released from Dana White’s UFC roster in January, Ngannou’s future was shrouded in doubt.
But an eventual announcement to face Fury was met with widespread criticism, mainly from genuine boxing fans who crave the Usyk undisputed bout instead.
Despite his previous devastating knockouts and dominant reign as heavyweight champion within the octagon, as well as being trained by heavyweight legend Mike Tyson, Ngannou has a mammoth task ahead of him in Saudi Arabia.
The eagerly anticipated undisputed match-up with Usyk is reportedly set to take place in December (or January), providing Fury comes through unscathed in Riyadh.
But there’s seemingly little chance of any fight-altering damage being sustained by the current heavyweight champion, as he looks to get the financially prosperous job done and put on a show before moving on to more serious career matters.
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