Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou square off in “The Battle of The Baddest” on Saturday, October 28 at Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The contest pits WBC and lineal heavyweight champion of the UK against former UFC heavyweight champion and lineal MMA champion of Cameroon. The pair meets in the highly anticipated bout, scheduled for 10 rounds.
Ahead of the event, the fighters held a media workout, showed off their skills and previewed the upcoming clash. Fury (boxing 33-0-1, 24 KOs) expressed his confidence in victory and threw some insults. Ngannou (MMA 17-3) said he was not getting respect from boxing community and that he was going to claim it.
Tyson Fury: Francis Ngannou is a big, fat sausage
“I showed the best version of me, and if he can deal with that, best of luck to him,” said undefeated 35-year-old boxing star Tyson Fury of Manchester, England.
“I was in there floating like a butterfly. Nineteen stone, can you believe that? And 6-foot-9. And moving like that! That’s shocking. It’s not fair, really!”
“It’s happening. He’s the bull, I’m the matador! 99.999 percent of the time, the matador wins!”
“Francis Ngannou is a big, fat sausage. That’s why he won’t take his top off. He’s embarrassed of his body. If it was up to Francis, he’d fight with his t-shirt on. Facts!
Francis Ngannou: If that big shot comes, it comes
“To be honest, I haven’t gotten any respect from the boxing community, so I am not expecting anybody to respect me,” said 37-year-old Cameroonian-French Francis Ngannou. “I think I need to claim my own respect. Respect is not given. You don’t just walk out there and demand people to respect you for no reason. I think respect is earned, whether it’s the boxing community or life in general.”
“Yes, I am going to fight, and if that big shot comes, it comes. If it doesn’t come, I really intend to fight properly.”
“Anything is possible. It’s possible. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here. In fact, see how we are talking about Tyson Fury? Who would’ve believed that a couple years ago?
“I was having fun. I almost wanted to just dance. Then I realized that I would show them my dance skills. And I was like, ‘nah, I don’t have any!””
The Fury vs Ngannou showdown headlines a night of all-heavyweight action. In the 12-round co-feature, Fabio Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) and David Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs) meet in an all-British bout. Also on the card, former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (32-3, 22 KOs) of New Zealand takes on Simon Kean (23-1, 22 KOs) of Canada in a 10-round bout.
Plus, Canada-based Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs) meets American Junior Anthony Wright (20-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout. Kicking off the action, British Moses Itauma (5-0, 3 KOs) faces Istvan Bernath (10-1, 8 KOs) of Hungary in a six-round contest.