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WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is reportedly set to face former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on October 28th.
ESPN’s Mike Coppinger reports that the pair will face-off in Riyadh this fall, also stating that WBC President Mauricio Suliaman failed to answer whether the WBC belt will be on the line.
Fury began the year in negotiations for a potential undisputed showdown with unified champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Talks collapsed in March however and the Ukrainian is now set to face mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois on August 26th in Poland.
34 year old Fury was initially linked with fights against Andy Ruiz Jnr and Anthony Joshua before reports emerged suggesting a showdown with Ngannou could be next.
The fight has been reported to be an exhibition match with no winner or loser announced at the end of the contest.Embed from Getty Images
Ngannou reigned as UFC heavyweight champion in the MMA world between March 2021 and January 2023 when he walked away from the promotion due to disputes regarding his contract.
The Nigerian has since signed with the ‘Professional Fighters League’ (PFL) where he also serves as chairman and equity owner in PFL Africa.
The 36 year old has long spoken of his desire to compete in the boxing ring and came face-to-face with Fury in December following the latter’s ten-round domination of Dereck Chisora in London.
Read Coppinger’s full ESPN report here.