The WBC heavyweight champion will face Ngannou on October 28th, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
And yet, there could be more controversy down the line with news of a potential rematch clause, as confirmed by Ngannou.
“It’s a real fight; it’s going on. The only difference is there’s no title on the line, but it’s a real fight. It’s going on our record. Yeah, there’s a potential rematch clause. For that one, definitely. That’s what I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes.
“That’s why I have to win this fight. I have to put everything to get that rematch. The [WBC] title is not on the line. Well, that is another discussion. It’s going to take a lot inside the WBC,” Ngannou
That did not go down well with the boxing community on social media since it only delayed hopes of a fight with Usyk.
Social Media Reaction
Now this is getting silly
— Dick Baklava Esq (@Dick_Baklava) July 18, 2023
But didn’t want a rematch clause with Usyk. 😂
— Combat Matchups (@CombatMatchups) July 18, 2023
There won’t be a rematch. There’s a reason why it’s considered “unthinkable.”
— #Dizz (@TalkMMA) July 18, 2023