It looks like the UFC’s heavyweight champion might be crossing over to boxing in the near future.
Francis Ngannou says that he is more likely than not going to fight WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury in a crossover type match.
“We both want this fight, that’s clear, and we respect each other,” said Ngannou on “The MMA Hour” podcast.
“I would say there’s a 70% chance my next opponent is Tyson Fury. On his side, I would say 90% against me”
The rules of the fight are still being hashed out and finalized. If all goes well, the fight will take place sometime in 2023.
“Probably next year it will happen. I think it’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of our promotions, but we will sort this out at some point.” added Ngaannou.
The 35-year old Cameroon native most recently defended his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision at UFC 270 in January.
Fury (32-0-1) recently defeated Dillian Whyte via sixth round TKO on Saturday in London, England to retain his heavyweight titles.
Former NBA star Deron Williams to fight former NFL star Frank Gore in Jake Paul/Tommy Fury undercard on December 18
A big fight between two former professional athletes will highlight the undercard of the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury bout at the end of the year.
According to reports, 13-year NBA veteran Deron Williams will square off against 16-year NFL vet Frank Gore as the main part of the undercard between YouTube star Jake Paul and Tyson Fury’s brother Tommy Fury at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on December 18th.
The undercard fight will include four, three-minute rounds and will be at 215 pounds.
Fighters/athletes react to Floyd Mayweather, Logan Paul fight
As expected, the exhibition bout between legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather and YouTube star Logan Paul on Sunday evening was a bit of a dud. The only surprises of the night were that Paul managed to get a solid punch or two in on Mayweather, and that he overcame exhaustion to finish all eight rounds of the fight.
Well, the fight caught the eye of many MMA fighters, professional boxers and other athletes. And here is what they had to say about it:
Floyd Mayweather, Logan Paul fight to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on June 6
There is now an official venue for the highly anticipated fight between an undefeated legendary boxer and a YouTube superstar.
The scheduled boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida to June 6th.
“Logan Paul and I are going to fight at Hard Rock Stadium. Mayweather Promotions, Fanmio and Showtime will team up to give you an epic event,” said Mayweather through his official Instagram account.
Mayweather, 44, became the first boxer to go 50-0 in his career when he defeated MMA fighter Conor McGregor via 10th round TKO back in the summer of 2017. He hasn’t fought since.
Paul, 26, lost in his only boxing match via split decision to fellow YouTube sensation KSI in November 2019.
More details about the fight, including number of rounds and size of gloves to be used, will be released at a later date.