Tyson Fury Vs. Francis Ngannou Boxing Superfight Set For October 28

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Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury is set to face off with former UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.

Team Fury says the fight is not an exhibition and will “take place under the official rules of professional boxing, with three judges ringside adopting the 10-point must system” in a press release announcing the superfight. Fury will not be defending his WBC title in the Riyadh bout.

Ngannou, 36, who recently left the UFC to sign a deal with the PFL that includes the options for lucrative boxing matches, has no prior professional boxing record.

“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,” Fury said, referring to his “Gypsy King” nickname.

Ngannou, who was perhaps the fiercest puncher in UFC heavyweight history, fired back that he’ll be the one doing the most damage.

“I’ve been waiting to meet Tyson in the ring for the past three years,” Ngannou said. “All I will say to Tyson for now is he better dance in that ring because if I touch him, he’s going to sleep.”

The WBC said it had granted Fury “special permission” to compete in a non-title bout as he has no pending mandatory title challenger in place.

After stopping Dillian Whyte in 2022, Fury brought Ngannou into the ring to tease the long-awaited combat sports crossover clash.

The Gypsy King is heavily favored to outbox Ngannou, but the payday for the former UFC champ is expected to far surpass anything he ever made in MMA.

More recently, Fury has verbally sparred with current UFC heavyweight king Jon Jones about a potential “hybrid fight” after Fury’s heavyweight unification clash with rival champ Oleksander Usyk fell through.