On October 28, the reigning heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury will square off against Francis Ngannou, one of the best heavyweight MMA fighters, in a match governed by professional boxing regulations.
with months of rumors, which grew more intense with Ngannou's departure from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the top MMA organization in the world, the crossover match was officially announced on Tuesday.
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According to Fury's organization, there would be "three judges ringside adopting the 10-point must system" for the fight taking place in Riyadh. The amount of rounds the two boxers will box is not yet known, though.
The World Boxing Council champion's most recent contest saw him defeat British boxer Derek Chisora in just 10 rounds, but in March, negotiations for an undisputed world title clash with Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine fell through.
The "Gypsy King" (GK) is Fury, an Irish Traveler who was born in Britain.
Fury remarked of Ngannou, "This guy is supposed to be the hardest puncher in the world, but let's see how he reacts when he gets hit by the Big GK." I'm eager to return to the field after dark.
On his route to becoming the UFC heavyweight champion, Ngannou established a reputation as a formidable puncher. He held that title until January, when he resigned due to a contentious relationship with the organization's president, Dana White.
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The Cameroonian has won 12 of his 17 knockouts in professional UFC fights, but other MMA fighters like Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva, and Conor McGregor have previously had difficulty transitioning to the boxing ring.
After Fury defeated Dillian Whyte in April of last year, Ngannou discussed a matchup with him.
"For the past three years, I've been longing to fight Tyson in the ring. "Being the best boxer I could be has always been my goal," he stated.
"Now that I'm the undisputed MMA heavyweight champion, this is my chance to fulfill my dream and solidify my status as the baddest man on the planet," he said.
As Fury has no mandatory challenger, the WBC declared that it would not be involved in the fight and granted him "special permission" for a non-title contest.