Watch This Surprisingly Cinematic Fight Trailer For Tyson Fury Vs. Francis Ngannou
Watch the wild trailer for the “Rumble in Riyadh” between boxing’s heavyweight king and the former UFC champ.
While the October 28 fight between heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury and former UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou has been derided by most commentators as an utter mismatch, the fight’s trailer is a knockout nonetheless.
The crossover clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia pits the undefeated Fury (33-0-1)—one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time—against the hard-hitting Ngannou in the former UFC bruiser’s first professional boxing match.
While that massive gap in pugilistic experience recalls Floyd Mayweather’s lopsided victory over UFC superstar-turned-boxing novice Conor McGregor in 2017, clearly Fury and Ngannou are hoping it rakes in similarly lucrative pay-per-view numbers.
Ngannou recently took to his X account to share the fight’s trailer—a slick, surprisingly cinematic spectacle that has already garnered million of views across social media.
Scored to a cover version of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”—the moody ballad heard in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill—the surreal trailer shows Fury eating breakfast and singing at a karaoke bar, while Ngannou is seen wearing silk pajamas and bathing in a tub of ice.
But the “Rumble in Riyadh” video mostly focuses on the superhuman strength of both fighters, who are seen smashing floors with sledgehammers and sending medicine balls flying through walls, like something out of a Marvel movie.
After Fury posted the trailer on his Instagram page, fans peppered the comment section with praise for what some are calling the greatest trailer in boxing history.
One follower wrote: “The best fight promo video of all time, hands down.”
Another commented: “This video should receive the Oscar for the best promotion.”
A third Instagram user added: “Great promo just a shame that we all know how this one ends.”
Fury, the WBC heavyweight champion who is considered the “lineal” king of the heavyweight division, is expected to face a stiffer challenge less than two months after the Ngannou fight with arguably the biggest fight in boxing—a unification clash with Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts.
That high-level boxing superfight is tentatively scheduled for December 23, but it could be pushed to 2024 depending on what happens with Fury vs. Ngannou.
While Ngannou is considered the longest of long shots to hand Fury his first professional defeat, the Cameroon-born brawler recently signed a contract with the Professional Fighters League [PFL] that will allow him compete in MMA fights after he’s earned the biggest purse of his career against Fury.