It’s set in stone now two of the biggest fighters of our generation will face off.
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou have been trading shots on social media.
The announcement did not specify the number of rounds for the bout but confirmed it will take place in a regulation boxing ring with three ringside judges using the 10-point must system.
Fury was scheduled to face Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA champion, in a unification fight to determine the first undisputed champion in boxing’s bellwether division in more than two decades but negotiations fell through in March.
The 34-year-old Fury has not fought since retaining his WBC title with a 10th-round stoppage of fellow Briton Derek Chisora in December and will be putting his undefeated streak on the line.
Fury says in a statement,
“This guy is supposed to be the hardest puncher in the world, but let’s see how he reacts when he gets hit by the Big GK (Gypsy King). I can’t wait to get back out there under the lights,”
Ngannou was stripped of his heavyweight belt after a contract dispute with UFC and exited as a free agent in January. He had also been talking about a crossover bout with Fury after the Briton beat Dillian Whyte in April last year.
“I’ve been waiting to meet Tyson in the ring for the past three years. My dream was always to box, and to box the best,”
“After becoming the undisputed MMA heavyweight champion, this is my opportunity to make that dream come true and cement my position as the baddest man on the planet.”
The bout will take place in Saudi Arabia on 28 October and the world is ready to be rocked.