Tyson Fury is ready to take on Francis Ngannou.
Now that the former UFC heavyweight champion is officially a free agent and looking for his next fight, Fury says he’s completely open to the challenge and he’s still offering a mixed set of rules that could give Ngann several advantages.
“Francis Ngannou, I know your contract with the UFC has ended,” Fury told Radio Rahim. “Do you want to earn big money? Come see The Gypsy King and let’s have a big, big fight for the coolest MF on the planet.
“Let’s turn up the sharpness, caged, four ounce gloves under Queensbury [rules] and let’s have a tough referee like “Iron” Mike Tyson. Did I just sell it to the world?”
Fury has repeatedly stated in the past that he would be interested in facing Ngannou and that the fight doesn’t have to be a boxing match.
With a perfect 33-0-1 record as the reigning WBC and Ring heavyweight champion, Fury is sure to be the top favorite to fight Ngannou. Ngannou has a very impressive resume in mixed martial arts, however, he has neither amateur nor professional boxing experience.
However, Ngannou dreamed of moving into boxing for most of his life, even before he first took up MMA. As Ngannou relinquished the UFC heavyweight title and became an unrestricted free agent, he stated that his next fight would most likely be in boxing.
Just a few days later, Ngannou called Fury or Anthony Joshua the perfect matchups.
However, it remains to be seen how quickly the fight could turn out because Fury is already in serious talks for a bout between champions against WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
“If Usyk doesn’t get signed for the next fight of the century in boxing, then we will fight Ngannou,” Fury teased. “Whether it be in Las Vegas or Wembley, [Stadium]who will know – we will soon find out the quote, I think.
“Because if these guys don’t start coming in and signing the fight of the century, then we’re going to go to a greener pasture.”
According to Fury, there is no sign that his team and Usyk’s promoters won’t be able to reach an agreement, but he is clearly keen to make a deal as soon as possible.
Usyk currently has an undefeated record of 20-0, including back-to-back victories over Anthony Joshua, which saw him take on Fury in a heavyweight title unification bout.
“At the moment, everything seems to be going very, very well, but again there is no pen on paper,” Fury said of the Usyk fight. “We don’t have a date or a place. These things take time and I don’t really get involved. Frank Warren and lawyer Robert are going to sort this out, so we’ll see what happens.
“I’m looking forward to this fight of the century with Oleksandr Usyk and I call it the fight of the century because the last fight of the century before that was Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier 1 and before that it was Gene Tunney vs Jack Demsey 1.”