Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is hoping he can sign a contract to fight Tyson Fury before the Brit takes on Oleksandr Usyk’s unification bout.
“I’ve been in touch with Tyson Fury’s reps, but they’re currently working on a fight against Oleksandr Usyk, which is scheduled for April,” the Cameroonian heavyweight told TMZ Sports. “Until then, he will not be free. However, I am trying to see if we can reach an agreement before this fight.”
According to the Predator, he expects to share the ring with the Gypsy King this summer.
“It will give me the opportunity to prepare for the boxing match. So I don’t have any scheduling issues and I’m hoping to fight Fury in June or July, which is doable. Let’s see what comes of it. It’s too early to say anything about it, but it’s a possibility we’re exploring.”
Two weeks ago, UFC President Dana White officially confirmed that Francis Ngannou had left the organization, vacating the UFC heavyweight championship belt.
At the same time, the Cameroonian, who became a free agent, said that he plans to hold his next fight according to the rules of boxing against Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua, and then return to mixed martial arts.