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So, the fight is indeed happening! Tyson Fury will face UFC’s Francis Ngannou ‘’in the desert’’ on the 28th of October 2023.
The two superstars will fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during the fall in what will officially be a boxing match.
What we know about the event is that it will be held on a regulation boxing ring. Additionally, there will be three side judges as there should be in every official boxing match. They will be utilizing the 10-point system to assign points to the fighters.
What questions do we have about Fury vs Ngannou in Saudi Arabia?
There are a few unknowns still to be cleared but we suspect that the answer to all three questions will be a ‘’no’’.
- How many rounds will the fight be?
- Will this fight count towards the official boxing record of the two stars?
- Will Fury’s title be on the line?
So far nobody from WBC or Fury’s camp has clarified anything related to the latter. Mauricio Sulaiman – the president of WBC said that the fight is taking place mainly because there are no challengers to Fury’s title. Does that mean that the ‘’Gypsy King’’ will be defending the belt? Probably not. There’s not a lot of ways to justify Ngannou’s ‘’right’’ to be an official challenger as he is not even a career boxer. So this Fury vs Ngannou fight might be mainly for show after all.
Is the Fury vs Ngannou fight for real?
In fact, many experts and social media personalities have already criticized the event stating that the Fury vs Ngannou fight is mainly for publicity and even just money.
According to many, Oleksandr Usyk should have been Fury’s opponent as he is currently the IBO champion. Thus, the claims that the current boxing class is stale are dismissed. There were actually negotiations between the two camps for a fight that will determine who the undisputed world boxing champion is but talks ended in March this year and so Fury vs Usyk isn’t happening in 2023.
Who is the fighter Francis Ngannou after all?
Believe it or not in the fight Francis Ngannou vs Tyson Fury, the Cameroon-born fighter is the older of the two. Ngannou is 36 and in the beginning of 2023, he had his knees surgically repaired. He has said on many occasions that he intends to move away from mixed martial arts and get into boxing full-time.
The fight against Fury will be quite the start of his boxing career and quite honestly the outcome doesn’t matter for Ngannou that much. Obviously, he says it does but if it is an exhibition game, as everyone expects, it will simply propel his career going forward.
What do Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou say about the fight in Saudi Arabia?
Fury said: ‘’Ngannou is supposed to be the hardest puncher in the world..’’. He continued on to say that ‘’the Gypsy King is the greatest fighter of his generation’’.
Ngannou statement was brief: ‘’..he better dance in that ring because if I touch him, he’s going to sleep’’.
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