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Queensberry Promotions have announced that WBC king Tyson Fury will face-off against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on October 28th in Saudi Arabia.
Fury defended his WBC heavyweight crown on two occasions last year against domestic opponents Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora, while Ngannou walked away from Dana White’s UFC in the MMA world after contractual disputes.
Dubbed to crown the “baddest man on the planet”, the fight will mark the opening of the ‘Riyadh season’ in the Kingdom.
Fury began the year in negotiations for a potential undisputed fight against Oleksandr Usyk before talks collapsed in March.
The 34 year old came face-to-face with Ngannou in the aftermath of his victory over Chisora in December when a bout was first teased between the pair.
“As soon as that bell goes, it’ll be bombs away! 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”, said Fury.
“I can’t wait to get back out there under the lights. I’m looking forward to showing the world that The Gypsy King is the greatest fighter of his generation in an epic battle with another master of his craft.”
Ngannou has spoken of his desire to fight in the boxing ring for a while and vows to upset the odds come October 28th.
“I’ve been waiting to meet Tyson in the ring for the past three years. My dream was always to box, and to box the best. After becoming the undisputed MMA Heavyweight Champion, this is my opportunity to make that dream come true and cement my position as the baddest man on the planet”, said Ngannou.
“I’d like to thank Riyadh Season and my team at 3Point0 Labs for helping put this event together. 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 press release doesn’t clarify the number of rounds the contest will take place over, nor whether Fury’s WBC title will be on the line.
The broadcasters for the event are also to be confirmed.