Tyson Fury is ready to answer Francis Ngannou’s challenge.
Now that the former UFC heavyweight champion is officially a free agent and looking for his next fight, Fury says that he’s absolutely open to the challenge and he’s still proposing a mixed rule set that could give Ngannou a few advantages.
“Francis Ngannou – I’m sorry, but you are out of contract with UFC,” Fury stated when speaking to Radio Rahim. You want some big boys money? Visit ‘The Gypsy Kings’ to see how you can make big money for the worst MF in the world.
“Let’s kick it up spicy, in a cage, four-ounce gloves under Queensbury [rules] and let’s have a badass referee like ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. Did I just give that away ?”
Fury stated many times that he would be open to fighting Ngannou, and that it didn’t need to be just a boxing match.
With a perfect 33-0-1 record as the reigning WBC and Ring heavyweight champion, Fury would undoubtedly be a massive favorite in a boxing match against Ngannou. Ngannou is a skilled mixed martial artist with impressive results, but he does not have any boxing experience.
That said, Ngannou has been dreaming about crossing over to boxing for most of his life, even before he took up MMA for the first time. Since Ngannou dropped the UFC heavyweight title and became an unrestricted free agent, he’s stated that his next fight will most likely take place in boxing.
Just days later, Ngannou named Fury or Anthony Joshua as ideal opponents.
It is still to be seen how fast the matchup will come together. Fury has been in negotiations with WBA, IBF and WBO for a champion-versus-champion matchup.
“If the contract doesn’t get signed with Usyk next for the fight of the century in boxing then we’ll do the Ngannou fight,” Fury teased. “Whether it’s going to be in Las Vegas or Wembley [Stadium], who will know — we will know quote soon I think.
“We’re going to move on to better pastures .”
Fury says there is no sign that Usyk and his promoters will not be able reach an agreement. However, he clearly wants to get a deal done sooner than expected.
Usyk currently sports an undefeated 20-0 record including back-to-back wins over Anthony Joshua, which put him into position to face Fury in a heavyweight title unification bout.
” At the moment everything appears to be going really really well. But again, there is no pen to paper,” Fury stated about the Usyk battle. We don’t have a date nor a place. These things are time-consuming and I am not involved. Frank Warren and the lawyer Robert, they’re going to sort it all out so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m looking forward to that fight of the century with Oleksandr Usyk and I’m naming it the fight of the century, because the last fight of the century before this was Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier 1, and before that it was Gene Tunney vs. Jack Demsey 1.”