Francis Ngannou, the new signing of Professional Fighters League (PFL), is set to make his professional boxing debut against Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The highly anticipated match will take place on October 28, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Francis Ngannou, the new signing of Professional Fighters League (PFL), is set to make his professional boxing debut against Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury . The highly anticipated match will take place on October 28, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, promising to be a historic event in combat sports.
Ngannou, known for his impressive MMA career, recently joined PFL as both a fighter and brand ambassador. This move not only grants him newfound freedom but also opens doors for him to pursue his dreams in the world of professional boxing.
The 36-year-old Ngannou expressed his excitement about the opportunity and the financial rewards that come with it. In an interview with The MMA Hour, he revealed that the payday for this boxing match far surpasses anything he earned in his UFC fights. Ngannou described it as a life-changing experience, emphasizing that the difference in earnings is incomparable.
"Compared to what I was making for my UFC fights, it’s day and night," Ngannou stated. "It would be the same thing if I was fighting in the PFL first. What I was making, what I did make in my last [UFC] fight, doesn’t even count. It’s not close, anywhere close." He further confirmed that the purse for this fight exceeds his entire UFC career earnings.
Ngannou’s decision to leave UFC and pursue new opportunities paid off when he became the Heavyweight champion. Reports circulated that UFC offered him $8 million to stay, but Ngannou revealed that the offer was misleading. He explained that the contract negotiation tactics involved presenting a large number but with blank terms, which ultimately led him to decline the offer.
Looking ahead to the Fury fight, Ngannou acknowledged the potential for a rematch clause. While he is uncertain if it applies to a victory for Fury, he believes that a rematch would generate even more excitement and attention for both fighters and fans.
This showdown between Ngannou and Fury is expected to be a thrilling battle of two heavyweight powerhouses. It not only marks Ngannou’s entry into professional boxing but also showcases the crossover between MMA and boxing. Fans around the world eagerly anticipate this clash of titans, which promises to be an unforgettable event in combat sports history.
|October 28, 2023
|Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury
- Francis Ngannou will make his professional boxing debut against Tyson Fury in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28, 2023.
- Ngannou’s move to PFL as a fighter and brand ambassador allows him to pursue his dreams in both MMA and professional boxing.
- The financial rewards for this boxing match far exceed Ngannou’s earnings in his UFC career.
- Ngannou declined UFC’s offer of $8 million due to misleading contract negotiation tactics.
- A potential rematch clause adds to the excitement surrounding the fight, regardless of the outcome.