The long-awaited heavyweight boxing crossover is almost here, as Francis Ngannou will take on World Boxing Council 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, as far back as 2021. Fury also wanted to challenge the World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, and World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk. While “The Gypsy King” had teased fighting against Usyk and even UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, it created doubt that he would step in the ring against Ngannou.
However, on July 11, the fight was made official, stipulating that it would be an exhibition, meaning that a loss for either would not be on the record. Fans wonder if “The Predator’s” power would translate from MMA to boxing.
Ngannou has remained confident that he will be able to get a knockout over the WBC Heavyweight Champion. He also decided to train with boxing heavyweight legend Mike Tyson in preparation for his boxing debut. That said, the odds are seemingly not in his favor fighting the 33-0 boxing champion this weekend. Ngannou doesn’t have the skills at boxing that Fury has, but boxing and MMA fans are 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 Ngannou
- British Heavyweight Championship: Fabio Wardley vs. David Adeleye
- Heavyweight: Joseph Parker vs. Simon Kean
- Heavyweight: Carlos Takam vs. Martin Bakole
- Heavyweight: Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Junior Anthony Wright Jr.
- Heavyweight: Moses Itauma vs. István Bernáth