Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has said that a potential boxing exhibition between WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou.
Hearn said in an interview that he believes this is next for Fury and added that the exhibition would prohibit knockdowns, much like the Mike Tyson VS Roy Jones Jr matchup – back in 2020.
Tyson Fury recently stated he was entertaining fights with MMA fighters because he was having trouble finding an opponent and felt like no heavyweights in the top 15 wanted the fight.
Hearn called the potential matchup “disappointing.” “It is what it is,” he added. “I want to see him fight Usyk… It’d be nice to have an undisputed champion.”
Oleksandr Usyk, who holds the other 3 major Heavyweight belts and the ring title, expressed a desire to make the fight with Fury happen, but his promoter claimed Fury wanted an unreasonable payday to unify the belts.
Francis Ngannou, one of the most dangerous Heavyweights in UFC history, has expressed interest in boxing for years. Prior to leaving the UFC and vacating the UFC Heavyweight Championship, Ngannou cited the UFC’s contract structure not allowing fighters to compete in boxing as one of the reasons they couldn’t reach an agreement.
Now, after signing a groundbreaking deal with the PFL, Francis is allowed to compete in both boxing and MMA without breaching any contracts.