Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou battle it out in the main event at Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, October 28. The pair squares off in a 10-round heavyweight bout live on pay-per-view. Kicking off the fight week for their highly anticipated showdown, British WBC and Lineal heavyweight champion and former UFC heavyweight champion of Cameroon made their Grand Arrivals.
Following his outing this weekend, in his next fight, Fury (boxing 33-0-1, 24 KOs) is set to face undefeated unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine. The scheduled for 12-round world championship bout is for the undisputed title. Nevertheless, Manchester’s 35-year-old undefeated boxing superstar said he was fully focused on task at hand.
Ngannou (MMA 17-3) said he was waiting for a long time to take on Fury. The 37-year-old native of Batie, Cameroon makes his boxing debut.
Tyson Fury: I got this big sausage to deal with
“I can stand and trade with anybody,” Tyson Fury said at Tuesday’s grand arrivals. “I stood and traded with Wilder. I traded with Wladimir [Klitschko], and I’ll stand and trade with this little bi*ch.”
“I might give him a slick, master boxing performance, not let the ugly man touch me once. That would be unbelievable, wouldn’t it? I might start dancing, tripling the jab like Apollo Creed, move around, just stick and move.
“When [Ngannou] feels this right hand, he won’t be winning very much.”
“Sometimes I stand in front of the mirror and think I’m an absolute genius. When everyone thought it was all over for the GK, he comes and totally redeems himself and pulls this out of the hat. Only six months ago, I didn’t know if I ever was going to box again. Now, here we go.”
“I’m not thinking about [the Oleksandr Usyk fight]. I got this big sausage to deal with, and once I grill him up nice and good, then we’ll move on to the next one.”
Francis Ngannou: We are already the two baddest men on the planet
“I can’t believe it,” said Francis Ngannou. “Walking from there, I looked at it like, “The boy made it.'”
“I didn’t try to replicate what Fury would do. I’m not going in there to play Fury’s game. I’m going there to play my own game. So, my training was based on me, how I can fight, and that’s what me and my coaches worked on. It went well. Tough, but it went well.”
“I’m aware of my lack of experience in boxing, but I am a man of challenges, and I’ve overcome a lot of challenges.”
“Before anything can happen on Saturday night, there are two. We are already the two baddest men on the planet. We’re just aiming for the first spot.”
“I’ve been waiting on Tyson Fury for four years. At the time, I didn’t know about Oleksandr Usyk. When the opportunity came, I wanted Tyson Fury. He’s the guy.”
Among the bouts featured on Fury vs Ngannou all-heavyweight undercard, Fabio Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) and David Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs) clash in a 12-round all-British bout, serving as the co-main event. As well, New Zealand’s former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (32-3, 22 KOs) and Canadian Simon Kean (23-1, 22 KOs) go face to face in a 10-round bout.
Also on the card, a 10-round bout between Canada-based Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs) and Junior Anthony Wright (20-4-1, 17 KOs) of the United States. Plus, British Moses Itauma (5-0, 3 KOs) and Istvan Bernath (10-1, 8 KOs) of Hungary meet in a six-round contest.